We Will Remember Them
Remembrance Day is recognized every year, but 2018 offers a special opportunity to reflect on the long and courageous history of our Armed Forces. This November 11th marks the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that formally ended the First World War. The bravery and sacrifice of those who served and of those serving our country today can never be fully repaid.
Our government has put forward initiatives to show our appreciation for our veterans, serving members, and their families. One such initiative is the Saskatchewan Scholarship of Honour, created to help returning soldiers, as well as the families of injured and fallen members, to further their education. This scholarship awards $5,000 towards their post-secondary education. Since 2009 there have been 206 recipients of the Saskatchewan Scholarship of Honour.
This week Premier Scott Moe announced the creation of the new Legion and ANAVETS Support Program that will provide funding grants to Royal Canadian Legion branches and Army, Navy, Air Force Veterans (ANAVETS) units in Saskatchewan.
Past and present members of the Canadian Forces have taken it upon themselves to safeguard our freedoms and give back greatly to their communities. Now it's our turn to support our veterans who have served and put everything on the line. This grant program will assist with the important work of supporting veterans and keeping the memory of our fallen heroes.
The $100,000 Legion and ANAVETS Support Program will be implemented in our next budget and will offer support to Legion branches and ANAVETS units in their efforts to serve veterans and community members throughout Saskatchewan.
The provincial government will be working with the Legion and ANAVETS to determine where this funding will be most impactful, and release details on the application process in the coming months.
New programs for service members were also announced as part of our government's recent Throne Speech. All Canadian veterans will qualify for free hunting and fishing licenses in Saskatchewan. In addition, in an effort to ease the transition for military members coming to Saskatchewan, active members of the military and their immediate family bringing vehicles into our province from another jurisdiction will now be eligible for an exemption on first-time registered inspections.
A variety of commemorative license plates are available through Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI). The Veterans plate is available for eligible forces members to recognize their service to our country; The Memorial Cross plate honours soldiers who have fallen during their service; and The Support Our Troops plate is also available to anyone who wishes to honour our military members and their families.
Other initiatives offered to military personnel and veterans include:
- The Military Families Camping Program;
- The Lieutenant Governor’s Military Service Pin;
- Saskatchewan voting recognition for members serving outside the province; and
- The renaming of Highway 1 between Moose Jaw and Regina as Saskatchewan's Highway of Heroes.
I would like to personally thank all those who have served our country. Our ongoing support and appreciation for those fighting for our freedom and keeping Canada safe will never end.
Lest we forget.
Greg Lawrence is the MLA for Moose Jaw Wakamow and serves as Saskatchewan Military Liaison, the Saskatchewan Party government’s main contact with the Department of National Defence and Canadian Forces in Saskatchewan