November 11th of every year is a day dedicated to remembering those who have fallen in the defense of our country. The red poppy is the visual symbol that we wear in November to show our support of those who lost so much while doing their “job.” It is particularly at this time of year with Remembrance Day, only 2 days away, that the internet and TV are ripe with programming which reminds us to say thank you to our veterans.
One program several years ago now caught the eye of one of our real estate agents, Kim Stamp. It was a program on the troops overseas in Afghanistan and from it great things arose. Kim took it upon herself to begin sending “care boxes” overseas to the men and women in the Canadian Armed Forces serving so far from home. The care boxes were well received and Kim received volunteer donations from the local Haliburton Highlands community in the form of money, product and letters which she would then forward to the men and women serving on behalf of Canada. Kim was able to establish a personal rapport in the form of “pen pals” with several of “her guys” and shortly thereafter she was able to assist in a 1st for the county of Haliburton.
As part of a thank you from overseas, Haliburton Highlands was able to welcome a huge number of currently serving troops from Petawawa to a Remembrance Day parade made even more special for Kim as many of the troops had received one of her special “care packages.” Since this first time we’ve gratefully welcomed any and all troops to our small town to share in the spirit of Remembering on this day.
As time passed and the mission overseas changed so did Kim’s direction and she began to work with soldiers who had been injured in the line of duty. One of the special people that she has met is MCpl Mike Trauner. His story is only one of the many reasons why we should, most definitely, take a moment at 11am on Friday, November 11th, 2011 to say Thank You.
Mike’s story and some of his amazing accomplishments can be found at the following link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8kdaXYBBfI&mid=521
Thank you to our veterans and to people like Kim Stamp who go above and beyond to make the world a better place live.