Thank You for Your Service

Remembrance Day & Veteran’s Day is November 11th and we wanted to reflect on the service of the men and women who bravely protect and serve every day. For their sacrifices and commitment, we thank them for the freedoms that we enjoy.

We were fortunate to grow up in Portage la Prairie with Military base which has in been operation since World War II. Portage also housed three RCMP detachments that covered the city and surrounding rural municipalities. When there was a new transfer to the Military Base or RCMP, our father would help them find a place to live. He always did whatever he could to make the newcomers feel comfortable and at home in our city.

Many customers at our store, like our father, were veterans of World War II.  Our father would often tell us to “look after this gentleman, he’s a Hong Kong vet”. Later he would tell us about the horrible atrocities that occurred during this battle.

While visiting in Florida, when movie ‘American Sniper’ was released, we met a gentleman who has now become a close family friend. Turns out, he served in the US Marine Corps as a sniper. He recently collected a Medal of Honor for his uncle who was killed in the Korean War. While thanking him for his service, he introduced us to many people at his business who were fellow Marines.

It got us thinking about the military service of our mother’s three brothers (who have since passed) in the Royal Navy, the US Air Force, Canadian Army, and the Israeli Defense Force.

My family were hosts to a student from Brazil who came to school in Winnipeg. Grazie decided to move to Israel, learn a third language and become a lone solider. This means that she will join the IDF even though she doesn’t have any family in Israel.

We thank Grazie for her service and for making the world a safer and better place for future generations.

If a Policeman is standing any event or Military Officer at the airport or store, we always make a point to thank them for their service.

We are so proud to say thank you for your service and we will always remember to honour all those have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. We urge everyone to say it out loud.

Sandy G. Shindleman, CCIM, SIOR, FRICS
President & CEO

Robert W. Shindleman
Executive Vice President/COO