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Resident concerned about armed RCMP presence at Remembrance Day ceremony

While attending this year’s Remembrance Day Service at Kal Tire Place I was disappointed at seeing a member of the RCMP standing in the entrance armed with an assault rifle.

My 10-year-old grandson, who is very observant, asked why this was.

Trying to be as diplomatic as possible and so not to scare him, I gave him what I thought was a good explanation.

He replied that what I had said wasn’t right and it was because there could be a terrorist attack.

Assault rifles at public gatherings are not what Canada is about.

It’s an insult to the men and women who have served and died for this great country.

A slap in the face that their sacrifices and their families sacrifices have had no effect at bringing peace and stability for Canadians.

I served 35 years in the Canadian Forces and know that no one hates war and violence more than the men and women who fight and die for a cause they believe in.

A visible, heavily armed presence at any gathering in Canada is alarmist and sends the wrong message.

It lets the people that would do us harm think they are winning.

I respect the fact that the RCMP put their lives on the line to protect us, but leave the assault rifles locked up in the trunk of your squad cars.

Ron Hamilton

Vernon