Disgruntled veterans express anger over Day of Honour

Capt. Wayne Johnston in a May 15, 2013 file photo. (QMI Agency files)

Capt. Wayne Johnston in a May 15, 2013 file photo. (QMI Agency files)

SOPHIE DESROSIERS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:26 PM ET

OTTAWA — Two retired veterans have strong opinions of Friday’s National Day of Honour -- and they aren’t keeping quiet about it.

On their drive home to the GTA Saturday afternoon, Sgt. John Tescione and Capt. Wayne Johnston spoke to QMI Agency to explain what the day meant to them. Both suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and now advocate for more help for veterans.

Johnston’s favourite quote is “Honour the fallen and help the living.” Both feel the second part, a crucial one, is being tossed aside.

“You want to honour them? Don’t give me an airplane flying over me,” said Tescione. “Honour the living so we never have to have this conversation again.”

“Yeah, I’ll say this, and you can write it if you want,” said Johnston. “The last refuge of a scoundrel is patriotism.

“Right now, I’m sorry, I view this prime minister and this government as scoundrels,” he added.


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