Honoring those who have served and suffered

Multiple generations of active and retired Canadian military personnel were among the hundreds of people who gathered on a beautiful October afternoon this past Saturday for the unveiling of the Respect monument on the south side of the Trans-Canada Highway in Kirkland. Made possible by a tireless fundraising campaign spearheaded by Honorary Lt.-Col. Steve Gregory of the 2nd Field Artillery Regiment and erected on land provided by West Island businessman Doug Bellevue of TASK Micro-Electronics Inc., the impressive sculpture crafted by artist and retired Canadian Armed Forces Colonel Andre Gauthier is a tribute to returning veterans who grapple with post traumatic stress from their active duty in combat zones. By some estimates, PTSD and related issues have left upwards of 200 veterans homeless in Montreal alone. Everyone involved in the Respect Campaign deserves to be saluted for bringing attention to the invisible scars that for too long have been ignored or misunderstood. (Photo credit: 34th Canadian Brigade Group)

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