Local amputees help pass on War Amps Legacy in Vimy Ceremony

    OTTAWA, April 9 /CNW Telbec/ - As they lay a wreath today at Ottawa's
90th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge Commemorative Ceremony, Annélise
Petlock and Karen Valley will be helping to pass on a special legacy from The
War Amps.
    Annélise and Karen are members of Operation Legacy, in which older
members and Graduates of The War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program help pass
the Association's NEVER AGAIN! message from war amputee veterans to the
younger generation.
    Petlock, of Ottawa, and Valley, of Carleton Place, were both born missing
part of their left arms, and were enrolled in CHAMP. Having grown up in CHAMP,
they have met war amputees from across Canada and heard their stories of the
horrors of war. They pass the message on through presentations, displays and
events like today's wreathlaying.
    Annélise will also act as wreath bearer for War Amps member Neil Conner.
Mr. Conner, who lost his foot in World War II bailing out of his bomber, will
lay the wreath on behalf of the National Council of Veteran Associations in
    Though Operation Legacy members have not experienced war firsthand, they
know what it is like to live without a limb - a bond they share with war
amputee veterans. They will continue The War Amps tradition of "amputees
helping amputees" and pass on the NEVER AGAIN! message long after no war
veterans remain.
    War Amps CEO Cliff Chadderton calls this ceremony an important milestone,
as it marks the 90th anniversary of the day Canada truly became a nation.

    The Ottawa ceremony will commence at 11:45 a.m. on Monday, April 9th at
the National War Memorial.

For further information:

For further information: or to interview Annélise, Karen or Mr. Conner,
please contact: Communications, 1-877-60MEDIA, communications@waramps.ca or
Karen Valley, (613) 882-3114 after office hours.

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