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Local First Responders Salute Passing Heroes

by Shanine Sealey
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A hero’s welcome subjected towards Military Veterans and First Responders from Canada and the United States took place in Lloydminster on July 27th through to the 31st. Wounded Warriors, an organization dedicated to honour and support Canada’s ill and injured Canadian Armed Forces members, Veterans, First Responders and their families, hosted the event. Martensville Fire Department (MFD) along with Warman, Dalmeny, and Langham Fire gathered in salutation along Highway 16 as guests of honour embarked on their journey to Lloydminster.

50 Military Veterans and First Responders from Canada and the U.S embarked on the journey to Lloydminster together after arriving in Saskatoon. A multitude of vehicles left the Saskatoon airport around 3:15 p.m. Many people were present to greet the convoy along the side of Highway 16 as the vehicles headed to meet up with 80 members from Saskatchewan and Alberta at the Wounded Warriors Weekend for five days of relaxation and healing. Dalmeny Fire Department wrote via Facebook that “today we were privileged to stand alongside our fellow fire departments from Langham, Martensville and Warman as an honour guard on highway 16 to pay our respects today to the Wounded Warriors. Thank you for your sacrifices in keeping our country strong and free.” Over the course of the weekend, guests of honour took part in the Lieutenant-Governor’s Gala on Saturday and a public outdoor concert was held on Sunday. The concert featured entertainment from country music hall of famer’s the Good Brothers, along with Sesame Street and Bob McGrath of TeleMiracle.

The Wounded Warriors organization was founded in 2006. The organization was resurrected through a horrible tragedy, but has since expanded into the nation’s leading and independent Veteran’s charity focusing on mental health. The charity has received an outpour of support from individual Canadians as well as businesses throughout its years. The programming of this organization works to heal and better the lives of the ill and injured Veterans, First Responders and their families and it is able to do so through the compassionate and continuous support of Canadians all across the nation.

The Wounded Warriors follow the motto: “Honour the Fallen; Help the Living.” For further information about this organization, check out the website at https://woundedwarriors.ca/aboutwwc/.

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