Nova Scotians sent a clear message of support to the men, women and families of the Canadian Forces today, Nov. 8, at a Military Appreciation Rally in front of the provincial legislature. “Our young men and women in the Canadian Forces make our communities strong, and they help make our world safer so that people can remain free,” said Premier Rodney MacDonald, host of the event. “Each and every day, they stand ready to deliver. Our duty is to never take for granted the men and women who are willing to take the tough jobs, the dangerous jobs, on our behalf.” The Military Appreciation Rally was an outpouring of pride, featuring Nova Scotia Highlanders Pipes and Drums, Shearwater Pipes and Drums, Glace Bay High School Marching Band and remarks from Premier MacDonald; Rear Admiral Dean McFadden; Murray Scott, Minister responsible for Military Relations; Peter Kelly, mayor of Halifax Regional Municipality; military mother Carol Eisnor; and George Aucoin president of the Royal Canadian Legion Nova Scotia/Nunavut Command. “We have many reasons to be proud of our contribution to Canada’s military,” said Mr. Scott. “We are proud of Cpl. Jason Lamont of Greenwood and his Medal for Military Valour. We were proud when the crew of HMCS Fredericton sailing off the coast of Africa assisted in preventing more than 22 tonnes of hashish from reaching Canadian streets. We are proud to bring safety to the Afghan people so they can enjoy simple freedoms like sending their kids to school.” Most Nova Scotians have family and friends who are attached in some way to the more than 14,000 Nova Scotians who are military personnel, reservists, or civilian military employees of the armed forces stationed in Nova Scotia, in Canada, or abroad. The Navy, Army, Air Force and Reserves carry out difficult work that calls on them and their families to make sacrifices. Nova Scotians recognize all that they do and want to continue to show support.