Cornwall Ontario — Cornwall’s Friends of Vets are hosting a Candlelight Vigil for Recent Military and RCMP Suicides to honour and remember those with PTSD who took their own lives after service and to show support for their families. This event is open to everyone. People are advised to dress warm as this is an outdoor event.
This event was rescheduled from the original planned date of October 22nd because of tragic events that occured in Ottawa that same day at the National War Memorial and at Parliament Hill.
The new date is Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 at 18:30 hrs. ( 6:30 pm) at the Cornwall Cenotaph on 2nd Street West at Bedford. The rain/snow date is Thursday, December 11th, 2014 at 18:30 hrs.
According to the Friends of Vets this event is taking place to support fallen soldiers and their families and raise awareness of recent deaths in our Military, RCMP, Veterans returning from Afghanistan and first responders suffering with PTSD are not receiving proper treatment for their mental illness.
Friends of Vets is a local peer to peer support group helping our military, our veterans, RCMP and their families and friends to show support and to let them know that they are not alone with their difficulties that they may be experiencing.
Many of those in Friends of Vets still suffer and are also hurting with PTSD after their military service. People with PTSD are at the highest risk for suicide.
The recent news of so many suicides in the military and RCMP is unacceptable to us and we want to take a stand now for our fallen brothers and sisters and to speak out to our government and to our community as caring Canadians to let everyone know that this problem is very real and needs attention immediately so we may help and work together to prevent any more suicides in our Canadian Forces or RCMP.