He was young when he served in Korea, a man who left his home in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and joined the Canadian military in 1950 at the age of twenty.
Two years later he was fighting in the Korean War, for a time dug into the side of a mountain during the year he was there. This young man made the military his career and served in a variety of locations, including Cyprus, as a peacekeeper.
The soldier has never forgotten and every year, he too participates in the ceremonies of Remembrance.
While many of us pause to recall the sacrifice of so many, he has specific memories of some who paid the supreme sacrifice. Besides the ultimate cost to some, this man knows the cost of survival as well.
He understands what military personnel continue to sacrifice for this country.
Richard (Dick) Mercer, we appreciate your service for Canada. We remember.