Allow Rick Boon to accompany his veteran father to Holland!
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Art Boon is a 90-year-old Canadian World War II veteran who was among the first troops to storm the beaches of Normandy on D-Day and go on to liberate France and Holland from the Nazis. Holland’s government has invited Art to return there next week to commemorate the liberation’s 70th anniversary.
Art really wants his son Rick to join him on the trip, to provide care and to share this proud moment with him. But right now, Rick can’t get time off work to go!
Rick is a history teacher with the Avon Maitland School Board in Stratford, Ontario. The board has refused to give Rick unpaid leave to provide necessary support to his father.
This is very special honour for Art and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for father and son. And it is especially important since so few World War II veterans remain with us. Despite appeals from the Boon family and supporters across Canada, the board continues to publicly deny Rick time off for this trip, even without pay.
Time is running out for Art and Rick to make it to Holland before the ceremony. They need to leave by Friday. Please sign the petition and tell the Avon Maitland School that they cannot rob Art and Rick of this experience.
As educators, the school board should set a good example by respecting and honouring our veterans, not by standing in their way. As Art Boon himself put it, “To have somebody just come up and slap you in the face like you’re not important – well, it is important.”
You can learn more about Art and Rick’s story here.
(photo: Scott Wishart, Stratford Beacon Herald)
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