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Pride for the Blue Beret

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Pride for the Blue Beret

I don’t know if I can put it into words, I mean I’m proud of what I’ve done for my country. If I had to do it over again I wouldn’t hesitate to go back. Let’s take Afghanistan for now. If I was 40 years younger, I know I would be at the head of the line to head to Afghanistan. I do have a lot of pride in my military service and I do have a lot of pride in the blue beret. I believe it stands for peace and protection of those that are downtrodden. I think one of the events that stands out in my mind is when United Nations gave us our first medal. I knew I was heading home very shortly. I was ecstatic about that but I was very proud to receive my first medal, it was the first one that I ever got in the military. That’s one thing that stands out in my mind. The other thing is that I came home in one piece, that I wasn’t injured and I thank God for that. I’m glad and proud to be a Canadian and that I can stand up on November 11th. I’m proud to be a Veteran also.

Mr. Beyea sends a positive message about military service.

Robert Beyea

Mr. Robert Beyea was born in Saint John, New Brunswick December 14, 1942. After obtaining his education, he was very anxious to join the military. Initially his preference was to become a sailor, however, with no vacancies and little patience, Mr. Beyea decided to join the army. In 1961, he became part of the Royal Dragoons Regiment and obtained basic training in Camp Borden, Ontario. Mr. Beyea chose the trade of tank driver and gunner and continued on to become an instructor training new recruits. Holding rank of corporal, he travelled to Cyprus in 1964 and was part of the first contingent to travel there on behalf of the Canadian military. Mr. Beyea later retired from the army and speaks to youth about his feelings on the importance of service in the military. Mr. Beyea now resides in Fredericton, New Brunswick with his family.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
February 10, 2009
Person Interviewed:
Robert Beyea
War, Conflict or Mission:
Canadian Armed Forces
Royal Canadian Dragoons
Tank Driver

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