Message from President DONALD HIND
We have fearlessly served Canada in peacetime and in war as her elite 'Go To' forces, dependable and capable. As Airborne paratroopers, we are an elite and rightfully proud group of warriors who possess the discipline and courage to venture where few have dared; challenge what few have challenged and accomplished what few could have dreamed capable. The Airborne Regiment Association of Canada is a continuation of the bonds we have forged throughout our lifetime of service and has been charged with and readily accepted the privilege to continue the mission of support to the Airborne Regimental family. A person recently commented to me that our time has come and gone.... I challenged them to tell me when doing what is right by your country, family and friends is not current and meaningful.
When asked to serve as the ARAC President I was very honoured and accepted the challenge to maintain the standard of excellence paratroopers expect as set by my predecessors; all of whom I thank as each has influenced ARAC throughout their tenure.
This year is a very special one, as we celebrate Her Majesty's Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee and as I look around at the many faces of paratroopers I know many will have their selfless deeds recognized as part Her Majesty's celebration of excellence, loyalty and duty with the awarding of the Queen's Jubilee Medal. I know I speak for all members of ARAC when I offer each recipient our heartfelt congratulations.
This year is also a very special year for paratroopers as we celebrate the bravery and sacrifice of our fellow paratroopers with the 70th Anniversary of the formation of the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion which was formed July 1942 during World War 2 and was reborn as the Canadian Airborne Regiment on April 8, 1968.
As Canadians we have a tremendous amount to be thankful for and I am inspired to know that every day a paratrooper is contributing to building a better Canada one which we can be proud of, one which will inspire future generations to think of duty before self. Believe in excellence, believe in your family, and I know that those who have inspired you where Airborne friends; paratroopers one and all.
The ARAC Executive Board is a diverse group of people who accepted the challenge to serve and will utilize their lifetime of incredible skills and knowledge for the betterment of our Regimental family. ARAC is here to serve all paratroopers young and old; we welcome new members and the reconnection with all Regimental members. Look to the contacts on this website for more information.
Have a great year,
Fair winds and soft landings,
Donald Hind, President
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