Canada has a responsibility to protect those who are vulnerable in any part of the world through the use of its Armed Forces, says the Past Commanding Officer, The Lincoln and Welland Regiment, Lieutenant Colonel Bernard L. Nehring.
In an interview with Mosaic Edition shortly after the Remembrance Day ceremony in Niagara Falls, Lieutenant Colonel Nehring said the youth should be made aware of the responsibility to protect those who do not have much.
“Canada is a very fortunate nation, it has great resources, it has great people therefore we have a responsibility.”
He said that Canada has responsibility particularly to the youths to make them aware that those who have much have to give some support to those who do not have.
“One way we can do this is by protecting them through our armed forces.
“It is important that people have protection, therefore one way by protecting them is through our armed forces,” said the Past Commanding Officer.
“Canadian Armed Forces look forward to maintaining peace and to make peace wherever possible,” he said.
At the event were members of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets 126 Flying Lancers.
Captain Derek Knight, Commanding officer 126 Flying Lancers, Royal Canadian Air Cadets said anyone interested in joining the military could start at the cadet level.
They are based in Niagara Falls. According to the commanding officer, it is a youth organization that instills some knowledge of the Canadian forces in youth from 12-18. They are taught good life skills and have a taste of what is done in the Canadian Armed Forces.
It is hoped they take up a career in the forces but if they choose they don’t have to go into the Canadian Armed Forces, said Captain Knight. He noted that there are misconceptions that cadets have to go into the military. If the cadets do not go into the armed forces they still benefit from the training and camaraderie that would last them for a longtime.
The solemn ceremony was open to the general public. Some wore their masks in situations where social distancing could not be maintained.
Earlier in the week, Canada marked the contribution of the Indigenous community during the Indigenous Veterans Day.
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