Nova Scotians young and old, from all walks of life, are finding heartfelt, innovative ways to mark the Year of the Veteran in Nova Scotia, Premier John Hamm said today, Nov. 10. “This has been an extraordinary year for paying tribute to our veterans and how they sacrificed so that future generations could live in a free society,” said Premier Hamm. “I urge all Nova Scotians to continue that spirit every day of every year, and in particular on Remembrance Day, Friday, Nov. 11, by pausing for a few moments to reflect on the sacrifice and heroism of our veterans.” Premier Hamm said all Nova Scotians should be proud of the way veterans are being honoured this year. He praised the Via Rail workers who came up with the idea of the Remembrance Day Train, which left Halifax on Wednesday, Nov. 9, bound for Ottawa, carrying hundreds of veterans and their families for Friday’s ceremonies in the nation’s capital. All along the train’s route through the province, Nova Scotians gathered to wave signs and show their support for the veterans. Also on Wednesday, Nov. 9, veterans were honoured in a ceremony at Province House as the former cabinet room was renamed the Veterans Room. “To further honour the memory of our veterans, all flags on provincial buildings will fly at half-mast on Remembrance Day, from sunrise to sunset,” said Cecil Clarke, Minister responsible for the Year of the Veteran. “The Year of the Veteran has been tremendously rewarding for our veterans. I am certain that Nova Scotians will continue their efforts to pay fitting tribute to these national heroes.” Veterans themselves have recounted how they have benefited from simple acts of kindness when people noticed their veterans’ license plates. From a child approaching a veteran to help with groceries, to a neighbour mowing a veteran’s lawn all summer long, Nova Scotians are honouring their veterans. Earlier this year, Premier Hamm and Mr. Clarke sent a letter to all schools, encouraging teachers to have students sign their names in praise of veterans for an official book of remembrance. The response has been overwhelming: so far, schools have sent in more than 2,000 sheets of students’ signatures and the book of remembrance has now become two overflowing books of remembrance. “Teachers have been at the forefront of this effort, by teaching their students about the importance of veterans’ sacrifices and nurturing their students’ interests in veterans,” said the premier. More than 7,300 certificates bearing the signatures of the premier and the minister have been presented to veterans or their surviving families, recognizing their valour, honour and sacrifice. All 136 legions in the province have received a special Red Ensign flag and plaque to commemorate the Year of the Veteran. Every MLA in the province has helped support Year of the Veteran events in their ridings.