Without a lot of people knowing it, there has been a dedicated team who have made it their duty for the past nine years to remind Hamilton’s veterans that they are never forgotten. Inspired by an idea from Hamiltonian and veteran, Ed Mahoney, Greer Gordon and Albert Lieberman began organizing a lunch that welcomed veterans, their spouses and close relatives following the traditional ceremony at the cenotaph in Gore Park. Political speeches are put aside and instead the lunch focuses on a delicious three course meal, warm drinks and live music from the 30′s and 40′s by local Jazz and Swing signer, Lady Dee.
As Greer is organizing the details of the annual event, Albert is collecting donations throughout the city. Many corporate sponsors, such as, TD Canada Trust, Nestlé Canada and Scotiabank (to name a few), continually donate their services, goods or time to the event. But the majority of donations comes from individuals and local businesses like, Zarky’s Fine Foods, La Jardinere Flower Market and Stanley M. Tick & Associates.
Greer was quoted saying in this article published by the Hamilton Spectator, “They are being recognized. My whole plan was that they would be treated like royalty for 2 1/2 hours. I wanted them to know that they are the most special people in the world and that people care about them.”
Besides for designing the various print materials, I’ve been lucky enough to have had the great opportunity to physically volunteer at this event the past two years. Speaking with our veteran’s and listening to their stories really puts things in perspective. I still can’t fully comprehend the sacrifices that these brave men and women made for our great country.
You can support this annual event by purchasing my limited edition Remembrance Day note card or by volunteering on November 11th. Contact Greer Gordon at Contempra Office Services at email@example.com or at 905.527.5651 for more information.