Nova Scotia

Afghanistan veterans thanked for service

Royal Canadian Legions in the Maritimes and across Canada are celebrating their Afghanistan veterans Sunday.

Royal Canadian Legions in the Maritimes and across Canada are celebrating their Afghanistan veterans Sunday.

It's Veterans' Appreciation Day in Chester, Tatamagouche and Lower Sackville.

About 200 people are expected at the Sackville Nova Scotia Region Calais Branch — 20 of their members served in Afghanistan, event chairman Dave Major said.

"I think the significance is to say 'Thank you' and show our appreciation to these people who sacrificed their time for both themselves and their families. And say, you know, it's appreciated," Major said.

The event in Lower Sackville runs from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. with a special ceremony at 3 p.m. to commemorate those who lost their lives in Afghanistan

Gary MacKay, who served in Afghanistan as a leading seaman sonar operator, said such events provide great opportunities for servicemen like him to share stories with other vets.

"It's a nice common ground where you can go and talk to the other veterans from the Korean War, the Gulf War or now Afghanistan," MacKay said.

"So I think it's important that everyone sticks together because everybody has their civilian friends that they can talk to, but there's nothing better than sitting down with someone that's actually gone through it."

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