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Photo courtesy of Corporal Pierre Habib, Canadian Forces Support Unit (Ottawa) Imaging Services.
On Thurs. July 3rd. I was invited to DND headquarters in downtown Ottawa, to present the Canadian Unity Signature Flag.
It was created by close to 4,000 signatures or names of supporters in appreciation of the fallen and injured soldiers, on Parliament Hill on the National Day Of Honour and completed at the Militarily, Family Appreciation Days.
I arrived in the lobby at 1:00pm. a half hour early. An officer came down and met me, escorting me through the double set of security doors, up to the 19th., top floor.
We walked in to the waiting room outside of General Tom Lawson,s office. There was close to 20 of his officers waiting to greet me. I talked to the photographer and he asked me if it was the last flag and I told him that was a good question, I wasn’t sure. I talked to several officers that I had dealt with during all of the arrangements.
General Lawson came out of his office, greeted me and introduced me to his staff, one of which was from Carleton Place. He said that they were well aware of my work and support. They saw the Signature Flags In Afghanistan. He said that he saw me collecting signatures on the Hill. That they were very appreciative and would hang the flag in a prominent place in the building.
Every officer in the room shook my hand and thanked me individually. I was over whelmed by their sincere appreciation.