Letters of Support

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“I consider myself very privileged to have been involved with the No Stone Left Alone movement from its inception in 2011. As a soldier and combat veteran, honouring the fallen during Remembrance Week is something I have always done with my brothers and sisters in arms. No Stone Left Alone, through its two-pronged approach of a simple but poignant act of remembrance and a focus on education for elementary and middle-school students (who have thankfully never been exposed to war), gives a sense of the pain that is felt by soldiers and their families when they lose one of their own. Indeed, No Stone Left Alone underlines the debt of gratitude that we all owe to fallen soldiers, sailors, and aviators from all countries that cherish freedom and democracy. The educational outreach conducted by military personnel and veterans, coupled with academic research into individual soldiers buried at the various fields of honour, bring home the fact that war is costly, that fallen soldiers are people, not statistics, and that conflict is not something to be entered into lightly. Having had the honour to participate in educational outreach in both Edmonton and Toronto, I speak for many others when I say it is one of the most rewarding aspects of this incredible programme for serving members of the armed forces. Finally, No Stone Left Alone serves as a focal point for public acts of remembrance, falling as it does at or near the beginning of Remembrance Week. This encourages people from all walks of life to consider the sacrifices of our fallen, and to remember them.”

Major Robert A. (Sandy) Cooper
Directorate of Land Force Development, Structures Integration-2
Headquarters, Canadian Army
Canadian Armed Forces