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Open letter to minister of VA.

This is a copy of a letter to the federal minister that, in my opinion, should be printed in your publication as it concerns a very important aspect of Canada's military history. Many people are ashamed of the way this has been treated by our government and in particular past ministers and the current minister of Veterans Affairs and their treatment of Canadian Victoria Cross recipients.

All of our war dead, buried in cemeteries around the world, have been allowed to lie in peace at or near where they "fell on the sword."

Canada's first Victoria Cross recipient's case is very, very different. Alexander Dunn's death in Abyssinia (now Ethiopia) did not occur in battle. It is about time our government did something fitting for Mr. Dunn. The least our government could do would be to return the remains of our heroic first Victoria Cross recipient to his homeland and honour him with a state funeral that he so rightly deserves as the first of our finest and bravest military heroes.

The current government of Mr. Harper had the courage and initiative to honour our last Victoria Cross winner, Ernest "Smokey" Smith. Mr. Smith's death did not occur in battle and look at what they did for him.

Alexander Dunn was a very special person. Why can't this same government do something special for this man? Can this government not show some compassion and spend a few of our taxpayer dollars to do the right thing by this man. Rather than give some retiring senior civil servant or government appointed head of a federal agency, board or commission a lavish retirement party that would probably cost as much or more than disintering the remains of a Canadian hero, bring the remains back to his homeland, give him a state funeral and re-inter his remains here in Canadian soil, in his homeland.

F. Stuart Taggart

Trout Creek, ON
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Title Annotation:POSTED IN: Letters to the editor
Author:Taggart, F. Stuart
Publication:Esprit de Corps
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Jan 1, 2007
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