Father-daughter team from CamBay decorate helmets for Remembrance Day
“To inspire Canadians to serve their country”
While Canadians take time on Remembrance Day, Nov. 11, to remember members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty, Kevin Taylor and his daughter Presley Taylor of Cambridge Bay have already spent many hours thinking about those sacrifices.
For a Nov. 1 fundraising auction to help a Canadian foundation that assists soldiers, veterans and their families, the Taylors decorated two soldiers’ helmets with two original designs.
Every year True Patriot Love, a national foundation, holds a silent auction of decorated helmets at its November gala event.
This year decorated helmets “generously donated from Nunavut went a long way to helping our military families, raising over $2,500” at its Nov. 1 event, said Brad Byrne, a spokesperson for the foundation.
Presley Taylor, 16, decorated a helmet she called “Freedom.” It featured a painted a feather from an owl, “a bird that flies silently, un-noticed but with great force.”
The helmet design created by her father, Kevin Taylor, called “Silence,” paid a tribute to Canadian Rangers.
“We may go unnoticed, but we have and will always remain the backbone to the North in full support,” Taylor said about his design.
His helmet design included images of a maple leaf, a helicopter picking up troops from the land, and a rifle topped with a helmet and tag, to recognize the sacrifices made by soldiers.
Last year, Taylor’s helmet design included seals eyeing each other through the ice and a Nunavut flag.
True Patriot Love’s website says the organization was founded by a group of people who wanted to build bridges between Canadian civilians and their military so there would be better understanding and appreciation of the sacrifices of soldiers and their families.
“In celebrating the patriotism of our military families, our foundation also strives to inspire Canadians to serve their country, whether it’s in or out of uniform,” the website says.
True Patriot Love has distributed money raised to a variety of organizations to, among other things, help military families, send military children to camp while a parent is deployed or buy food for a veterans’ food bank.
Kevin Taylor said it was an honour to “not only participate in such a great event, but knowing that it’s for such a great cause.”
He said he wants to working with the foundation as long as they continue to carry on the fundraising event.
“Bring on the helmets! My daughter and I will be ready for next year,” he told Nunatsiaq News.