As some 200 vets and first responders from UK, Australia, US and Canada, arrived in Edmonton, they were overwhelmed at the reception provided by Wounded Warrior Weekend Committee, the Edmonton International Airport and Renaissance Airport Hotel management and staff. Then the Honour Guard made up of RCMP, EPS, Fire Dept, Legionnaires, Special Services, etc.,. Then as the Hero’s Cavalcade made its way to Slave Lake, the first town; Devon simply overwhelmed those in the Cavalcade. While passing Devon, they saw the true Alberta spirit, respect and support first hand. Albertans from in and around Devon along with banners, signs, children waving, demonstrated the true feeling of what we should all want to express simple thanks. We, of the WWW Committee saw and were caught up in, “There wasn’t a dry eye on the buses”. The same show of support was seen all along Hero’s Highway to Slave Lake. Arriving in Slave Lake, people lined up all along Main Street, waving flags, signs, cheering as the cavalcade made its way to the legion, where more people greeted them as they came off the buses.
The whole weekend in Slave Lake was a huge success thanks to hundreds of volunteer’s efforts to make the vets feel welcomed and there were a number of heart-warming life changing moments. For more information, check out woundedwarriorsweekend facebook.
Well done to all hundreds of participants who had assisted in making our wounded warriors and first responders feel welcomed and given us all the opportunity to let our feelings show.