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E-mail Campaign Letter: Fly the Red Ensign to Honour Over Two Million Veterans‏

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FW: Fly the Red Ensign to Honour Over Two Million Veterans‏‏
Sent: March 7, 2010 2:22:05 PM
To: valens.eric@gmail.com



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Please forward this e-mail to friends, and/or e-mail or phone Members of Parliament, veterans organization leaders, and media commentators urging them to honour our Canadian Veterans by flying the flag that the vast majority of them fought under.

Below is a list of all the e-mails that you can carbon copy:

BlackJ@parl.gc.ca, KenneJ@parl.gc.ca, HawnL@parl.gc.ca, BrownG@parl.gc.ca

Below is a list of e-mails that you can blind carbon copy:

anavets@storm.ca, j.tobio@sympatico.ca, mchargs@xcelco.on.ca, chairman@cobwfa.ca, jgranatstein@rogers.com, lgreen@cfra.com, andrew.coyne@macleans.rogers.com, cbletters@gmail.com

Members of Parliament:

Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Veterans Affairs
Phone Number:613-947-2745
E-mail: BlackJ@parl.gc.ca

Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Immigration
Phone Number: 613-992-2235
E-mail: KenneJ@parl.gc.ca

MP Laurie Hawn
Phone Number: 613-992-4524
E-mail: HawnL@parl.gc.ca

MP Gordon Brown
Phone Number:613-992-8756

Veterans Organization Leaders:

Gordon Marsh, Dominion President, Anavets
Phone Number: 613-744-0222
E-mail: anavets@storm.ca

Al Tobio, Ontario President, Korean Veterans Association of Canada
Phone Number: 613-622-0784
E-mail: j.tobio@sympatico.ca

Kevin McHarg, Director, Hero To Hero Team Canada
Phone Number:519-464-2644
E-mail: mchargs@xcelco.on.ca

Glenn Kerr, Chairman, Western Front Association - Central Ontario
E-mail: chairman@cobwfa.ca

Media Commentators:

Jack Granatstein, Military Historian, Globe & Mail Columnist
E-mail: jgranatstein@rogers.com

Andrew Coyne, Journalist, National Editor of Maclean's
E-mail: andrew.coyne@macleans.rogers.com

Lowell Green, Author, CFRA Broadcaster
E-mail: lgreen@cfra.com

Conrad Black, Publish and Businessman, National Post Columnist
E-mail: cbletters@gmail.com

Below is the original letter urging the government to fly the Red Ensign in honour of our veterans:

The Canadian Red Ensign

2,000,000 Served 111,000 Died

We are at the end of an era. The World War Veterans from Canada's Armed Forces, are becoming very few in number. The Canadian Red Ensign is the flag they volunteered and served under. It symbolized the Canada they were fighting for. A lot has changed since then. Soon all we will have left is their memory. The one thing above all that will always represent them and their efforts, is our first national flag. The last flag of all those that died for us.

At Victory Square, the main war memorial in downtown Vancouver, Canada's old battle standards fly proudly from the face of the monument-every day, all year round. The Union Jack and the Canadian Red Ensign on the left, the Royal Canadian Navy White Ensign and the Royal Canadian Air Force Blue Ensign on the right, with the new Maple Leaf flag in the centre.

Although these old service ensigns were disposed of by our government in Ottawa, they will always have a place of honour in our history. They should never be forgotten. Without them, all perspective is lost. They are important symbols of our heritage, representing our wartime sacrifices and the evolution of Canadian culture. For years many Canadians requested that the Red Ensign be flown at Vimy Ridge with the Union Jack in memory of and out of respect for all those it was created, just as it was on the day it was opened.

All the flags at Victory Square should be proudly flying at the newly created tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Ottawa and the war museum. Every day, all year round. Anything less is a misrepresentation of our past. These requests are not too much to expect. It can not hurt anyone to keep asking and it will only help if we keep them flying.

Lest we forget,

Bill Bishop

Vancouver, BC

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