Honoree worries about military
|By CATHY DOBSON
Retired Warrant Officer Robert Million is proud of Canada's peacekeeping record and worries that it isn't being maintained.
Sarnia-Lambton MP Roger Gallaway presents Warrant Officer Robert G. Million with the prestigious Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal for his three missions overseas.
|"It was common for your truck to be shot at by rebels."
In total, he spent about 18 months on three different missions, gleaning a great deal about other cultures and the plight of people living in the Middle East.
"Peacekeeping missions opened my eyes to things you'd never see in Canada," Million said. "The proverty, the way of life.
"I look at and treat people differently because of those experiences. We are so spoiled in Canada. You tend to be a little more humble afterward."
Million retired from Military life in 1993 and now lives in Sarnia with his wife Juvy and two sons, Patrick, 7 and Christian, 6.
" I was excited to get the medal," he said at Gallaway's office where the presentation took place. "You have to be a soldier to understand."
|"It's a honour to be recognized for the service you've done."
Since 1953, 125,000 Canadians have served in peacekeeping missions. That's a record unsurpassed by any nation. In 2000, the Department of National Defence began distributing Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medals and has handed out approximately 60,000 to date.
(From Cover A1 section Mar. 10, 2003 as published in The Observer)
(Photo by The Observer.)
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