Wednesday, October 09, 2013
"Help for Heroes"...why we're eating eggs this week.
Joan and I don't eat eggs very often, but this week will be an exception.
This afternoon, while walking down the supermarket aisle in Tesco, one of the larger grocery retailers in the UK, a particular product caught our eye. They were just eggs, but it was the way they were packaged that made them stand out for us. The containers were olive drab egg cartons with the words, "Eggs for Soldiers", prominently displayed. 15p from every package of six eggs is donated to "Help for Heroes", a British charity that provides help and support to wounded servicemen and women, most of whom served in Afghanistan.
Many Canadians also lost their lives in Afghanistan, countless others were seriously wounded, both physically and psychologically. Their lives, and the lives of their families, have been dramatically changed forever. Sadly, as those who serve in other countries, these brave and dedicated members of our Canadian Forces are being increasingly forgotten. No longer reminded by the newspaper headlines, people move on. It is clearly an issue that few understand, or even care to think about.
It is a matter, however, that will be on our minds for the rest of our lives...for it is deeply personal.
This week we will eat our eggs, and we will hope others are reminded of those who have served and been wounded, by the olive drab egg cartons on supermarket shelves.
Here in the UK, they are available at Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, and the Co-op.
Lest we forget.