I was very happy to learn that veteran Walter Doucette was unhurt and doing fine after his collapse during the Remembrance Day services at the Charlottetown cenotaph. It was a scary moment. I remember seeing him fall and tapping Rev. Matheson, who I was standing behind, on the shoulder and saying I hope that he (Mr. Doucette) was OK.
A few things warmed my heart during the incident, which I think deserve mention. After the collapse happened, I saw Premier Ghiz go over to these two little kids who were standing by themselves together and he walked up behind them and leaned down and was talking with them. I think he was trying to reassure them. Also, as the crowd watched the incident of the collapse unfold, they quietly kept their composure, which I thought was extraordinary, considering that we thought, for a moment, we might be witnessing the farewell of a veteran on Remembrance Day on the street in front of the cenotaph. In the end, it was not the case, thank God.
All the medically trained people in the crowd ran over to assist him and his family, and worked on him non-stop until the ambulance came. As he was being wheeled on the stretcher, the crowd erupted in claps, showing how much we care. Finally, we saw a Mountie pick up Mr. Doucette's flag (he was part of the Legion's colour party) and take Mr. Doucette's place in the march. He knew the drill - he did it perfectly without skipping a beat. This event proved how fragile our war vets are, and I'm glad everything turned out for the best.