I was coming out of the grocery store today when an elderly gentleman was walking in. I noticed he was wearing a ball cap with a Canadian maple leaf and below it, a small cap badge of the Royal Winnipeg Rifles, one of the assault companies on DDAY, Juno Beach. I turned around, walked back inside and introduced myself. The gentlemen was excrutiatingly nice. He was in town to visit his daughter who was getting married (again) and visiting Houston. We talked for a short moment. He said that he was in the first wave of assault troops that came ashore; he lost many, many friends throughout the DDAY campaign and later, the Canadian assault into Holland. I shook his hand and thanked him for his service. Canada paid a heavy price in WWI and WWII and has proudly served overseas as peacekeepers (what the Canucks call "PK's") since WWII and during the Cold War as part of NATO's northern defences. A salute to our friends up north.