BRAMPTON, ONTARIO - Today isn’t your typical day. November 11th is a day for us all to remember the service and sacrifices that were made so that we could live freely in peace.
We have to honour all the soliders, both past and present, who went off to war in hopes that they would make a significant different for the future. They laid their lives on the line and it is our responsibility to work for and keep the peace they provided.
"One of the greatest honours of the Brampton Beast has been our connection with and appreciation of the Canadian military. In particular for each of the past seven years we have had a very well received Remembrance Day game," said Beast President and General Manager Cary Kaplan.
“We have been able to provide thousands of complimentary tickets to veterans, wounded warriors and others who have put their lives on the line for our liberty and freedom - and we have always worn very special and unique uniforms at these games often featured on Hockey Night in Canada," states Kaplan.
In years past, we had the pleasure of hosting a hockey game that commemorates service men and women. It was a chance to honour all those who came before. We don’t have that option this year, but that doesn’t mean we are out of options.
Don your poppy. Donate to a cause like Wounded Warriors Canada. Even something as simple as saying a thank you to someone actively serving will go a long way.
One person who continually went above and beyond on Remembrance Day was Nainesh Kotak. His generosity and willingness to help allowed the CAA Centre to be packed with veterans and first responders. The game day was special for a variety of reasons, and Kotak was a central figure in helping to pull it off each and every year.
"With the leadership of Nainesh Kotak and Kotak Law, and the support of the Mayor Patrick Brown and Council, our November game has always been memorable,” said Kaplan.
"While Covid has not allowed us to play this season, it is more important that ever that we as Canadians appreciate the contribution of the military. The Brampton Beast offer our deepest Thank You to all who served."
On Remembrance Day, it is our duty to honour those people who kept us safe and made Canada what it is today.