The photos have been posted to a Flickr set, but be forewarned, I wasn’t able to identify everyone in all of the titles or captions.
I’m not sure what I expected of the event—in general I liked it, it was respectful of our servicemen and women, and I think it would be terrific if many more cities held similar events. Since The Firm encourages each of us to take a paid volunteer day to do work for a local charity or good cause, I am going to try to get our volunteer coordinators talking to the folks at Toronto MFRC (Military Family Resource Centre) to see if we can’t get something lined up.
My only disappointment was that the music was all very country-and-western. I have no particular beef against C&W, mind you—but in a city this size, would it be too much to ask for any of our budding rock, alternative, punk or metal acts to get involved, too? It would be nice to be able to headbang and throw the horns at one of these things, ya know? Anyway, to those musicians who took the time to come and grace us with their songs—thank you for your time and your talent. I don’t remember all of your names so I could not credit you properly in my photos, but if you contact me, I will correct it.
The Toronto Police Service, to their credit, sent a colour guard. Thanks guys, for pulling out the stops and displaying such a highly visible mark of your respect for our fine men and women in uniform.
Thanks to the organizers as well, for putting the whole thing together. Thanks to the parents of all servicemen and women, for instilling the values of truth, duty and valour into your offspring. And most of all thanks to those who have served and are serving in this great nation’s armed forces; thank you for embodying those values so courageously throughout our long history.