Messages to the Canadian Troops
We are all so very proud of you. Hi James Delaney (aboard HMCS Iroquois). It's your sister Nicole. I miss and love you so much and am more proud of you than you could possibly know. To all of the Canadian troops, please be safe and come home soon.
I am very proud of you all, and feel safer knowing you are going there to protect our interests. Godspeed, and keep your sticks on the ice.
We should tell the women and men heading into the battle that they have our support and gratitude. I found it very moving watching their departure from Halifax yesterday. Bravest of all were the family members standing on the pier. I appreciate their sacrifice and wish them all a safe return.
Canada must have the capability to act swiftly. The armed forces must be reorganized and have the capabilities needed to be a real player in international affairs. If we want a strong voice internationally we must be willing to step up and take on some of the responsibility. I appreciate all of those who are going into harm's way. You are doing what we can do with what we have - it's kind of a Canadian tradition.
You are the bravest and the best of all that we are - warrior heroes who defend freedom and show the world the best of Canada. Be safe, be proud, and come back to us when your mission is done.
Vaya con dios and come back alive.
Best wishes for a safe and successful mission. You are all in our thoughts and prayers in these difficult times.
Take great care of yourselves. We did not start this mess, but we stand with you. We are not the biggest country, but we do have the courage to do what is necessary and what is being asked of us.
It takes a lot to do what the armed forces do. Because of the nature of our country and our neighbours it has been along time since we have entered a war. I thank those who still feel that our country is worth protecting.
Kerry Lucas, Toronto
Good luck and may you all come back safe.
My father, may he rest in peace, was Lieutenant Commander of a destroyer in the Second World War. He impressed on me from an early age that it is necessary to stand up for what is right and just. All you men and women of the armed forces heading for the Persian Gulf need to know that you are doing just that. My heart goes out to you.
We are all proud of the Canadian Armed Forces. May God be with you as you risk your lives to give people the freedom that repressive groups hope to steal.
I lost Canadian friends in the World Trade Center disaster. We've all been affected by these terrorists in one way or another. Everyone I know is behind you all the way. Good luck, get the bad guys and come home safe.
God will bring you back.
If anybody asks, just tell them, "We're coming and Hell's coming with us." Keep up the fight and come back safe.
You make me proud to be Canadian. It's too bad it takes evil acts to bring us closer together as a nation. Godspeed to you all. I want to see the images of you coming home to hug your children and saying hello instead of good-bye.
Larry J. Sbrega
The Canadian 'Special Forces' under-cover group(s) already operating in or near Afghanistan didn't get the extensive public send-off that was given to the naval component that is heading toward the Gulf, which is unfortunate (but understandable due to the nature of your work). Prime Minister Jean Chrétien called yesterday's complement of troops "heroes," but from my perspective this term should also be extended to those of you who are operating unseen and unheard behind enemy lines under what must be very trying circumstances.
Thank you for your willingness to go to into a war aimed at protecting our safety and way of life. I am very proud to be Canadian when I see men and women like yourselves putting your own lives on the line for my freedom from the threat of terror.
Ann Penner Ottawa