35th Anniversary

Today is the 35th Anniversary of the founding of the Canadian Airborne Regiment. It seems like a lifetime ago that I was celebrating the 25th Anniversary and my 25th birthday in Somalia and parachuting in the hot African desert.

Four years later, just before the Regiments 29th birthday, it all came to an end when the government tore apart our family and destroyed everything we had sacrificed for. We had given everything we had to our country and in turn were betrayed by it.

So, a toast to the Regiment…

I have ridden the skies in great machines, hooked up and jumped with the best of men. I have fought long and hard, and when I felt I had no energy left, I have been fired by the fear that if I stopped fighting, my comrades would die. And when I was in danger, enemy all around, I heard the thunder from my left and my right, as my life was defended. I have never been alone. I live, jump, fight and battle to victory with the greatest assemblage of men on earth.

Gentlemen, to the brotherhood of the Airborne.

To the Airborne!

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