Grateful Canadian Troops send thanks back home

Lori Landriault poses with the notes she received from Canadian Armed Forces members stationed abroad.

LITTLE CURRENT—A Little Current resident has received her own thank you messages from Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) for her acknowledgement of their efforts throughout the world to protect Canada.

“Everybody needs a little pick me up at times, especially our veterans,” stated Lori Landriault, a resident of the Manitoulin Centennial Manor in Little Current. “And it keeps me out of trouble,” she quipped.

Ms. Landriault sent out over 300 Happy Canada Day, thank you to our troops cards and 300 postcards that were provided by the local Royal Canadian Legion for Canada Day. “Linda Bowerman of the Little Current Legion Branch 177 had asked me one day if I would be interested in sending out these postcards (all with handwritten messages) and I said ‘yes’.”

“I wasn’t ever expecting any thank you back,” said Ms. Landriault.

Major N.E. Kaempffer, CD Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, Belgium, wrote July 4, “Thank you very much for your kind Canada Day greetings, it was wonderful to receive your card!”

“All is well here at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE), where we are the military-strategic headquarters for Allied Command Operations. Canada is one of the 30 nations that is part of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and here at SHAPE we work to help protect over 1 billion civilians from aggression,” wrote Major Kaempffer. “As a Canadian Armed Forces member from The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery, I am very proud to work with a diverse group of women and men here at SHAPE. It is a demanding but very meaningful job, and living in Belgium is a fascinating experience for both my family and I. I trust this brief letter finds you well and wish you an excellent summer.”

Vanessa, of the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C. wrote, “I hope this letter finds you well. Thank you so much for your lovely and thoughtful card to our Canadian Armed Forces! Your card was received at the Embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C. I have put it up for all of our military staff to see. Thank you and happy Canada Day.”