A Salute to Veterans

Published on Wed, Nov 9, 2011
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What does Veterans Day mean to you?

The Northern Light asked Blaine and Birch Bay residents for their thoughts on the day of remembrance. Here’s what they had to say.


“We need to to have a greater respect for our veterans. The government needs to give them what they need so they don’t have to beg for a handout.”
– Mandy Moon,
Birch Bay resident 











“My father was in World War II, so I think of family. I think of all that the families do. I think of the commitment [veterans] have to the country. It’s a pretty selfless choice to make, and the families are the ones that carry them through.”
– Brenda Dubuc












“It means a lot to me on both sides, because my husband is a veteran and my brother is in the Canadian military. They’ve put a lot out there for themselves, and we just need to thank them for their service.”
­– Sandra Koker, who works at Blaine Insurance













“It’s important to show gratitude to those who served and recognize the sacrifices they made.”
– Brenda Hendryx, whose grandfather survived the Normandy landings in World War II












“We have more freedoms, rights and liberties in this country than any other because of our veterans. Our country is free because of them.”
– Dave Bucknell, Birch Bay resident, co-owner, Bay Cafe













“My brother-in-law fought in Desert Storm, and my grandfather was in Korea. It’s such a meaningful day. So many fought, so many lives lost. We’re here because of our veterans.”
– Erica VanRijswijck, left
 “I like to use Veterans Day as a day to say thank you to everyone I know who’s been in the service.”
– Brian Major, right











”The veterans in the two world wars were treated as heroes, and veterans today need to be treated the same. It was appalling the way veterans were treated when they came back from Vietnam.”

 – Birch Bay resident Daryl Cleveland, whose father served
as a doctor at a Naval base in San Diego during World War II