June 6th marks the 60th anniversary of D-Day when 14,000 Canadians landed on Juno Beach in Normandy. I'll have more to say about this on June 6th, but perusing Saturday's Globe & Mail I came across an advertisement for their tribute to the surviving veterans. I've scanned this ad and you can see it here.
It's a touching photo with the touching caption "He Remembers. So should we.", but that's not why I'm sharing this ad with you. The gentleman who appears in the ad is someone I used to see and chat with on a very regular basis.
I used to work at a McDonald's at Runnymede and Bloor Street. The gentleman in this ad was a regular customer we called Al. Bound to a motorized wheelchair, he would come daily for a coffee and a conversation. He was a proud veteran who always attended memorial services and parades honouring our war heroes.
This week, remember Al and the thousands of Canadians who were denied the privilege of getting old.