LETTER: Keep veterans' plates for veterans

Dear Editor:

Re: Plate Mail, Aug. 8 Viewpoint.

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With great appreciation thank you North Shore News for your endorsement to preserve the B.C. veteran licence plate for military service. As one of the original negotiators, I have experienced the reverence of what this public recognition means to B.C. veterans. Unfortunately the legion has created this controversy across Canada. This means that in some provinces, retired RCMP do receive a veteran licence plate. Our B.C. government should not feel obligated to succumb to this pressure or a threat from the legion to remove the poppy image. B.C. has remained steadfast since 2004 upholding the federal definition of a veteran. B.C. should take great pride in the veteran licence plate program as it emotes a public dialogue about our military history. A history that is far removed from today’s generation. Military men and women are humble but I can tell you from experience and approving over 57,000 B.C. veteran licence plates, this public honour has a special reverence. This public call to action is our way to commemorate duty, service and sacrifice, only known to military men and women.

Stand proud B.C. government and preserve the dignity and integrity of the B.C. veteran licence plate. Stand proud B.C. government and create a first responders specialty plate. Stand proud B.C. government and enhance public engagement in honouring all men and women in uniform for their unique service to us as citizens.

My Dad, a D-Day veteran deserves this respect as do thousands of other veterans.

Sharel Fraser
North Vancouver

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