Bringing it Home Honours Serving and Retired CF members
Remembrance Day inspires event to honour active and retired military members.
“Remembrance Day has always been near to my heart,” explains Brenda Anderson, event organizer for Bringing it Home.
Anderson’s grandfather served in the Second World War. While serving he suffered injuries that caused him to be released.
“Since around the age of eight years old, I have often questioned why we only remember our fallen, our soldiers and our veterans once a year,” said Anderson.
Last Remembrance Day Anderson was introduced to Jon Patterson's song Hero, which is a tribute to our Canadian Forces members and their families. After listening to the song Anderson felt moved to create an event to honour Canada’s military members.
“I question all too often why we remember once a year, when we should be remembering these brave men and women more often, who left behind their families, the comforts of their homes and surroundings, their livelihood and their friends, to pay service for their country and their fellow countrymen,” said Anderson.
The silent auction, dinner and dance is taking place on April 16, 2011 at the Renaissance Banquet Centre in the Wings of Angels Hall in Hamilton, Ontario. Anderson has a team of volunteers to create an evening of excellent entertainment.
“We have a team of nine people, including myself, ranging from citizens, business owners, promoters, students, and two local soldiers of the 31 Service Battalion who have been involved in every aspect of planning, promoting and supporting the event,” said Anderson. “On the day of the event, we have a great team of volunteers including ourselves, consisting of students from Grades 9 to 12 from Bishop Ryan Catholic Secondary School, as well as 10 Cadets from the 2347 Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada Cadet Unit of Hamilton.”
Myforces.ca, Global Martial Arts and Cameron’s Brewery are supporting the event.
“We’re having some wonderful performances during the event as tributes to those we honour and respect. Included in these performances are the Royal Canadian Legion 163 Pipes and Drums, talented artist Shawn Brush also known as the Krooked Cowboy, new artist Jon Patterson performing Hero live and DJ Stormee.”
Our emcee of the evening is High Vibrational Healer Nadine Mercey who will also be introducing Sgt. Steven Gardiner who will be speaking at the event and who has put together a wonderful testimony and slide show with respect to our soldiers and veterans.”
Anderson credits the support from the local businesses in the area for their donations for the silent auction.
“With the help of community members and businesses we will have a silent auction to help raise funds. The net proceeds will be donated to two charities, the Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Fund and Project Healing Waters Canada.” said Anderson.
The deadline to buy tickets for the event is April 11, 2011. People can go to http://bringingithome.myforces.ca/ to purchase their tickets or for more information.