Saturday, December 06, 2008
"Trees for Troops" Program.. (for some families)
The families of Canadian Forces Personnel serving overseas will be receiving Christmas trees thanks to a generous donation from the Canadian Christmas Tree Growers Association.
(see personal note below)
“Nothing sustains the morale of our brave men and women in uniform more than the knowledge that the people back home appreciate the often difficult and dangerous work they do for us,” said Prime Minister Stephen Harper who participated in the ‘Trees for Troops’ event. “This is a genuinely kind gesture of support for our military families that says thank you for the sacrifices you and your loved ones make on behalf of our country.
Under the ‘Trees for Troops’ program, approximately 1,500 military families are accepting the offer of a free Christmas tree. Trees are handed out at Canadian Forces Bases throughout Canada, including Petawawa where 400 local families received trees.Prime Minister Harper also announced that the Government of Canada would make it easier for overseas Canadian Forces personnel to call home over the holidays. Each member of the Canadian forces would receive a phone card worth 35 minutes of extra international phone time.“The Christmas season is a difficult time for our troops and their families,” said the Prime Minister. “Every little thing we do counts. I would urge all Canadians to do what they can to support the military families who will be spending Christmas apart from their loved ones. Something as simple as a card, a cup of Christmas cheer, or an invitation to dinner will go a long way to easing their loneliness and expressing our gratitude for all they and their families do.”
On a personal note.. I think this is a wonderful endeavour. However, I never received a Christmas tree, nor was I phoned to see if our family would like to receive one. I am wondering which families of soldiers benefitted from this program? It sure is difficult when some families are left out. It's not fair and I know we're not the only ones feeling this way. Harper, I guess no one thought to thank nor acknowledge some of the families..that are left out of the program? We are still families of soldiers who as well work diligently for and serving our country. Our sons and daughters as well as us "made sacrifices for our country". We should not be forgotten! (grumble, grumble) God bless us everyone.. (only certain ones?)