Mr. Roger Dow, a Veteran of the Second World War, served in the Canadian Forces until October 1965, when he was released with the rank of Sergeant. Upon leaving the military, he settled back into his hometown and ran the family business until his retirement in 1972. In addition to being an astute businessman, Mr. Dow has been a remarkable ambassador for Veterans and continues to contribute to the Veteran community and the common good of the nation.
As a strong advocate of Veterans' Week, Mr. Dow has been actively involved in the celebration of Veterans' accomplishments and in the commemoration of their sacrifice. For the past several years, he has graciously accepted to represent Veterans at commemorative ceremonies, and at events held in his community during Veterans' Week. Mr. Dow regularly visits schools for Remembrance Day ceremonies, helping young Canadians to learn about the achievements and sacrifices of Canada's Veterans.
In addition to his participation in commemorative activities, Mr. Dow has been a loyal member of The Royal Canadian Legion for the past thirty seven years. As a Service Officer of The Liaison Association of War Veterans, Mr. Dow has been successful in assisting Veterans with their pension claims and selflessly helps them apply for Veterans Affairs benefits and services. Thanks to his assistance, scores of Veterans have successfully applied for, and received, disability pensions. He has also been associated with several community organizations, including Meals on Wheels and the Red Cross. Mr. Dow volunteers several days a week at the Canadian National Institute for the Blind and is a member of the local Seniors Active Living Centre.
In recognition of Mr. Dow's continued efforts to assist Veterans, it is an honour to recommend that he be presented with the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation.
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