Editor: I am a graduate of The War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program and I belong to Operation Legacy, a group of members — youth and adults — that is dedicated to preserving Canada’s military heritage and teaching others how to carry on the remembrance message.
This year, The War Amps is celebrating a major anniversary. Ninety-five years ago, First World War amputee veterans formed The Amputations Association of the Great War. The name was changed to The War Amputations of Canada when Second World War amputees joined their ranks. These men later started the CHAMP Program to assist young amputees.
In addition to having had the privilege of learning about Canada’s military heritage from a young age, I also know what it is like to live without a limb — a strong bond that I share with war amputee veterans. Because of this, I feel it is my duty to ensure that the stories of war are preserved and its lessons never forgotten.
Today we have very few veterans left with us. It’s up to Operation Legacy members to remind Canadians of the true horrors of war and to pass on the remembrance message. Having the privilege to speak with so many war amputees growing up, it’s an honour helping to ensure their message and stories live on.
I encourage everyone — particularly young people — to learn more through The War Amps Military Heritage Series documentaries, which is available at a cost-recovery price at waramps.ca.
Operation Legacy Member,