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Remembrance Day Meaning For Me

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Remembrance Day Meaning For Me

Remembrance Day since I was a kid more significant than Christmas. And I have one family member in the military. It’s not even like I grew up in it. It’s because I even knew at the young age the amount of pain that the men and women of the past, present and hopefully not the future will experience for our freedom. How many wives and sons and daughters had no fathers coming back especially during those great wars. It was insane and the east coast knows it, the famous Royal Newfoundland Regiment, countless others, original Patricia’s. So many men and women died and then how I reflect and how I take in that day. I really go out of my way on Remembrance Day and every day. When I see old Veterans, men, women, memorial widows I shake their hands and I thank them and I think about their hurt feelings and their determination to keep going to help this country grow. So I think there’s a lot of mixed emotions in there. I think about all the great things too. Remembrance Day is also to think about all the amazing battles won and all the amazing moments earned even from Canadian military sandbagging in Winnipeg when the floods were happening and doing security and when the snow falls engineer call signs, cleaning the roads. I think about all this joy and I think about the present and I think about my family on Remembrance Day and I think about everybody on Remembrance Day and I think it’s just a day of giving of empathy because the harshness of war should not ever be forgotten and we have to stop glorifying it. This day of remembrance, remember the sacrifice and let’s not do this again. Why do we have to continuously do this? Why is there a need for this? Because the sacrifice made I am cursed for the rest of my life. I know the smell of death. I know the end of life. I know the sense of corruption. We’ve experienced it, it’s now my responsibility to vote, participate in politics and make sure that young men and women don’t ever have to make that sacrifice again. That’s the point of Remembrance Day, so we don’t make that mistake again as a society as a human race.

Arthur speaks about the significance of Remembrance Day and how he chooses to acknowledge it.

Arthur Larimee

Mr. Arthur Larimee was born January 23, 1986 in Edmonton, Alberta. Growing up in Alberta and being involved in sports, Arthur always understood the importance of camaraderie and with this, was drawn to the idea of joining the military. With the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, Arthur trained as door gunner. He was a weapons technician and deployed twice to Afghanistan. After his second deployment Arthur left the military and together with his spouse Brittany, a fellow PPCLI, fulfilled his aspirations of opening a gym with the desire to have a place for countless service men and women to come together for support both mentally and physically, maintaining that bond of friendship experienced during service time. He and his wife have opened a clothing line and are proud entrepreneurs of the Iron King Gym Ltd in Kingston, Ontario.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
October 26, 2018
Person Interviewed:
Arthur Larimee
War, Conflict or Mission:
Canadian Armed Forces
Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI)
Door Gunner

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