Wisdom Flows in High River

With the picturesque Rocky Mountains as a beautiful backdrop, hundreds of school children, 157 of them carrying the individual portrait of one of the 157 fallen troops from the Afghanistan conflict, paraded their way to the High River Arena to view the Portraits of Honour mural.

As part of a formal ceremony, the mother of local fallen hero Corporal Nathan Hornburg addressed the young crowd. Using her son’s courage, determination and sense of duty as an example, she encouraged students to make a difference in their community every day, even with something as simple as picking up a piece of trash.

Young or old we can all take a lesson from this wise advice. Each of us, as Canadians, has a part to play in making our country what it is and making the world a better place.

For some, like Corporal Hornburg, this role takes them to far off places, where danger lurks, and the loss of life is tragically a reality. For others, like those on the Portraits of Honour tour team, this contribution comes in creating the opportunity to recognize this sacrifice, and right now Canadians from coast to coast can play their part as well, by taking the time to remember, honour and celebrate our Canadian Forces and our fallen heroes.