Monday, June 18, 2007

Ribbons Support the Troops

Poll results from CNews June 18, 2007

Do you think troop support ribbons should be banned on government property?

Yes - Ribbons support the war. 7%
No - Ribbons support the troops. 54%
Why debate this when Canadians are dying? 39%

Total Votes for this Question: 1978
Note: June 20th .. while looking at this survey today, I couldn't help but notice a story that was published. The soldier named in this article was one of our three fallen soldiers today. Here's an excerpt from it:

Afghanistan calling
In the national interest, we're trying to send our beloved cover girl to the frontlines

Toronto's Kinga Ilyes is "the best pinup in our collection," according to Canadian troops serving in Afghanistan. It was one of those rare letters to the editor, the kind that gets passed around the newsroom before appearing in the magazine. Sgt. Chris Karigiannis, a Canadian soldier stationed in Afghanistan, just wanted to let us know that he loves Maclean's - especially the "extremely attractive young lady" featured on the cover of the this year's University Student Issue.

....most of us in agreement that she is the best pin-up in our collection. Who would have thought that our most impressive female photo would come from Maclean's?"
The anonymous cover girl, 24-year-old Kinga Ilyes, was understandably flattered. So flattered, in fact, that she would love to travel to Kandahar and thank her adoring troops in person. "That would be amazing," says the University of Western graduate, who now manages an Abercrombie & Fitch in downtown Toronto. "It would be absolutely the coolest thing I've ever done."
After being named the hottest thing in the Afghan desert, Kinga is eager to return the favour. "I'd like to say hello to the troops and thank them for all their efforts," she says respectfully. "We all appreciate your work over there. Your bravery and courage are more than most of us will ever do for our country in a lifetime." And to Sgt. Chris and his platoon she adds: "I wish you safety and hope to see you home soon." The same goes for us. (from McLeans)

Unfortunately it will not be possible for Kinga to meet the author of this letter to the editor-our brave soldier. Rest in peace Chris.

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