September 2, 2020 marked the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. To commemorate this anniversary, the Canadian government issued a memorial pin for living WWII veterans.
“If somebody, who is a WWII veteran has not received this, let us know,” says Beth McDonald, president of the Slave Lake Legion.
Veterans “wear that medal, or pin, and that will identify them as veterans of the Second World War,” says Peace River-Westlock MP Arnold Viersen.
“Every November, Canadians remember and commemorate the tremendous sacrifice our veterans made to free the world from the threat of fascism across the globe,” says Viersen, in an email to local Legions. “Today, we live in a world that is free and prosperous thanks to the blood, sweat and tears our veterans poured out for Canada, from the shores of Normandy, Italy, the Netherlands and further. Over 1,000,000 Canadians fought and 45,000 died to liberate Europe from the Nazi occupation.
“Canada would like to honour each of the remaining 30,000 veterans from the Second World War for their bravery and service 75 years ago. As such, Canada has issued a commemorative lapel pin and certificate of recognition for the surviving veterans of the Second World War.”
Veterans can apply online or contact their local Legion for assistance. There are Legions in Flatbush, Smith, Slave Lake, and High Prairie. Slave Lake also covers Wabasca and Red Earth Creek. High Prairie serves communities as far east as Kinuso.