July 17: Musical Tribute and a Mother's Message in Comox

Set against a harbour backdrop in stunning Marina Park, Comox the Portraits of Honour welcomed families of the fallen, service men and women, local dignitaries, civilians and a some very special guests. 

To the surprise of the crowd, country music recording artist Aaron Pritchett flew in specifically to perform a memorable musical tribute to the fallen, and also sang a beautiful rendition of the National anthem. Speaking with Aaron after the performance he described the portraits as overwhelming and very emotional, and was proud to have shown his support.

Local fallen hero Corporal Andrew Eykelenboom's mother spoke at length to the crowd about her son and the experience of being a family member as your loved one leaves to serve their country. " I didn't like the idea ( of him going overseas) ," she said, " but he said to me, 'if not me then whom?' and my worry was then mixed with pride." She told of the feelings of loss that will never go away, but also how much it means to families that their loved one is being recognized for their sacrifice. 

All those involved -- the many cadets in attendance, the local Canadian Army Veterans Motorcycle unit that escorted the Portraits of Honour convoy to the park, the celebrity guests and the families of the fallen -- showed their love and respect for those we have lost and those that continue to serve just by being present.