The annual Ottawa Red Shield Breakfast, A Salute to our Canadian Forces, was held at the War Museum on April 28 with Commissioner M. Christine MacMillan and Major-General J.G.M. Lessard, Assistant Chief of the Land Staff. The breakfast is both a fundraiser and a thank you to groups closely associated to The Salvation Army.
Amidst the tanks, trucks and planes of war, Major-General Lessard addressed the audience of five hundred, highlighting The Salvation Army’s unique and enduring relationship with Canada’s soldiers since World War I and calling attention to Canada’s current involvement in the fight against terrorism and oppression. Guests signed greetings and messages on a giant card that will be sent to our soldiers currently stationed in Afghanistan. World War II veteran Joe Coughlin reminisced about the services the Sally Ann provided to the soldiers overseas, forever endearing itself in their hearts.
This year’s Ottawa Red Shield objective, raising money for local programs and services, is $2.3 million.