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Remembrance Day

Heroes Remember

To me that’s the worst day of the year. I lost quite a few friends. A couple best friends and it’s hard, Remembrance Day is really hard. And for the longest time I didn’t do anything for Remembrance Day I just stayed at home. The last time I did before I started staying at home I just broke down and now I’ll just stay in the back corner somewhere because you know it’s a great day to remember but some of the memories aren’t good memories. And now, you know, looking back seeing the old Veterans when I was in school, you know, seeing it on TV and everything now I know how they were feeling.

Mr. Resit gives us his thoughts on Remembrance Day and his acknowledgment of that day.

Mike Reist

Mr. Mike Reist was born December 18, 1969 in Waterloo, Ontario. Having had a great uncle as a role model, Mike made the choice to join the Canadian Forces, only advising his family of these intentions two weeks prior to attending infantry training. Mike joined with 2 RCR, 2nd Battalion Infantry Division and held rank of warrant officer. Mike has a long record of service overseas - Cyprus 1991, Bosnia 1992,’96, ’99, Africa 2000, Afghanistan 2003, ’07 and Haiti in 2005. Mike had 27½ years of military service. Mike is very proud of his military career and is quoted as saying, “It’s the best thing that ever happened!” Upon medical release, Mike was stricken with PTSD and has become an advocate in speaking out about this condition. He is presently active with the Soldier On program and has competed in the Invictus Games in Toronto 2017 as part of Team Canada’s wheelchair rugby. Mike presently resides in Gagetown, New Brunswick with his wife and family.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
September 29, 2017
Person Interviewed:
Mike Reist
Royal Canadian Regiment
Warrant Officer

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