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Pray for peace and its keepers

The Editor, I had a wonderful Christmas with my family. The day started early and ended with a great traditional Christmas dinner. One of the things that we enjoy is following Santa as he travels around the world on "Norad Tracks Santa.

The Editor,

I had a wonderful Christmas with my family. The day started early and ended with a great traditional Christmas dinner. One of the things that we enjoy is following Santa as he travels around the world on "Norad Tracks Santa."

One sees images of Santa against a backdrop of peaceful cities around the world. Soldiers, sailors and air force from Canada and America give a short talk on the city being visited. That made me think of the people who stand on duty protecting our peace.

This last October we lost a brave air force sergeant who gave his life rescuing Canadians in our north. Most people are not aware that every Canadian embassy is guarded by Canadian military police, and Canadian search and rescue technicians are on duty 24 hours a day should we need help. On both coasts, a ready duty ship is standing by to be dispatched to our aid. In fact, 365 days a year, Canadian sailors and air force patrol the seas of the world protecting the right of free travel.

While we sleep, our air space and seas are monitored and guarded by dedicated men and women. Our combat role in Afghanistan may be over, but we still have troops there in harms way. I bet you did not know that we still have troops in Bosnia and on dozens of UN missions around the world.

They are doing what Canadians do best - protecting the peace.

As we celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace and enjoy a holiday in the safest place on Earth, it is comforting to know that the men and women of the Canadian Forces are ready to protect our peace and are bringing peace to other parts of the world. I pray that 2012 will be a peaceful year, and that it will be free of tragedy and disaster and I pray for the safety and security of the men and women who protect us.

Scott Stewart

Richmond

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