THE WEEK of June 29 to July 5 will be Army Week. Its object is to enable Canadians generally to become better acquainted with men in soldier khaki.
The nature of the war to date has focused the spotlight on the gallant exploits of the R.C.A.F. and the Royal Canadian Navy. Apart from Hong Kong, our troops overseas have not been dramatized by events. Their task, and the task of the hundreds of thousands of soldiers on our own soil, has been one of the hardest — ceaseless training, endless waiting.
But the war cannot be won without short-range fighting. When that happens, the young soldier to the left and tens of thousands of his mates will be in the thick of it. The final blow to Hitlerism will be delivered by the armies of the United Nations— by our Army.
You will be reading in the newspapers of the arrangements being made in your locality for honoring of the Army.
Take an active interest in what is going on; attend the demonstrations.
More than that, DO SOMETHING PRACTICAL, SOMETHING PERSONAL.
Extend the hospitality of your home to men at near-by training centres. Make them feel that you appreciate what they are doing, and will be doing, for YOU.
Write to a soldier overseas, or in camp away from home. Write regularly. Were you ever around Army quarters when the mail is distributed? Did you ever watch the faces of those for whom there is no letter?
Send an occasional gift. It's the thought that counts, not the material value.
If you haven’t a relative of your own in the Army, be a pal to somebody’s relative. You never hear a soldier say, “Shucks, I haven’t anybody to fight for.” He’s fighting for his country. You are a part of it. And you ought to have a share in the Army’s welfare. Not only for a period of one week. For the duration. And after, too.
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