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Appreciation For The Other Generation

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Appreciation For The Other Generation

Remembrance Day, we’re a generation that, you know, we have the most recent conflict that we are Veterans, that part of the current generation right now. I can’t imagine what it was like to be in the other generations. I cannot, you know, I’ve travelled, done some battlefield tours over the years and I can’t imagine what that was like. You reflect on, to me I try and appreciate everything that has come before you. And it’s a time I think I try to put myself in so many different kinds of combat boots over years and years, decades, right? And you wonder. You just can’t get your head around it. It’s a day to be thankful for being on this side of the grass, obviously knowing that there are many that aren’t. I think there’s a lot of people that don’t get it and it’s a time where we’re kind of privileged in a sense that we are kind of given the day to just kind of let go or just be and muckle on to some of the other Veterans that we are still thankful to have around and to grasp a little bit of their experiences or try to, you know, with that piece of history they don’t make people like that anymore. We are a completely different breed. They don’t make soldiers like that but it was a different time. So it’s a day where I kind of like to dig deeper into more the history piece of it. But daily, I mean every day I wake up I live because the others can’t so I try to every single day. I think like years ago I was hard charging and put together and had this determination and this seasoned sense that I am going to, you know, push forward in this army kind of way and now I don’t know if it’s since having kids or what it is but I feel like now instead of the hard army charging Vanessa every day is like how can I go find a brother and just give them a hug. It’s really unique as to what has changed over a decade for me actually. I had to still be a part of that I got this, I’m a hard charger and now it’s like give that hug, you hug longer, you laugh harder every day. Every day I wake up I remind myself okay you’re on the right side of the grass, let’s go, every day.

Reflecting on thoughts of remembrance, Vanessa expresses her deep appreciation and wonder of how soldiers of past wars survived and reminds us of the importance to remember them.

Vanessa Larter

Ms. Vanessa Larter was born April 17, 1982 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. After graduating from high school Vanessa studied at UPEI and later made the choice to join the military as a medical technician. Her basic training took her to Gagetown, N,B, Camp Borden, Ontario for her first medical course, BC for paramedic school and then finally to settle with his first job in Edmonton, Alberta. She joined with the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry with occupation of army medic. Along with In-Canada service Vanessa had two deployments to Afghanistan, 2006 and 2008. With a sixteen year career Vanessa is still in the military and resides at Camp Borden as a physician assistant holding rank of sergeant. Vanessa has great pride for her military service. She now resides in Ontario with her three children.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
October 27, 2018
Person Interviewed:
Vanessa Larter
War, Conflict or Mission:
Canadian Armed Forces
Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI)
Physician Assistant

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