LETTERS: Salute to veterans

David Snyder is having a book launch on Saturday, April 23 at the Lakeside Resort in Penticton at 1 p.m.

David Snyder is having a book launch on Saturday, April 23 at the Lakeside Resort in Penticton at 1 p.m.

This is David’s second edition about Okanagan Valley Armed Forces veterans: seven of those stories are about Second World War RCAF airmen who were shot down and captured and became Prisoners of War (POW). Other veterans — from the Korean War, the Afghan War, and the First World War. Two of the honoured guests were RCAF pilots: one is the remaining Canadian Battle of Britain pilot. The other is the remaining RCAF pilot who flew the Super Marine Typhoon fighter aircraft. These men live in Penticton. Both are in their mid 90s.

The profit from David’s books go directly toward the Cadet League of Canada: In Canada, every fifth pilot was once an air cadet.

Veterans from Commonwealth nations, NATO and SEATO nations are welcome. Polish Veterans fought alongside Canadian troops in the Second World War. Polish and Canadian UN troops served together on the 1973-79 United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF  2) mission in Egypt.

A large military turnout is expected. Dress is optional, either casual or Legion/ANAV blazers, grey pants, shirts and ties and black shoes. Medals may be worn. This effort will be a special function.

David’s son, Jonathan, was Penticton’s only son lost to enemy action in the Afghan War: he was one of 158 Canadian troops killed in that conflict.

David, a retired Penticton teacher, spent 40 years in the Naval and Army reserve forces. He also commanded Sea Cadets.

Ernie Slump,

Canadian Army retired

Penticton