Although it is too late for this year's Valentine's Day, how about next year - making Valentines for Vets?
Started 20 years ago by the late American newspaper advice columnist, Ann Landers, it was officially adopted by Veterans Affairs Canada in 1996, They have been collecting and distributing Valentines across Canada for the past 13 years.
On the Veterans Affairs Canada website at www.vac-acc.gc.ca/youth/sub.cfm?source=feature/valentine, one can view Valentines going back to 2002, and the cards that have been sent to the veterans.
On the website, there is a special meaning giving to the word "Valentine" -
V is for Valentine for Vets
A is for All of Canada's brave Veterans
L is for Living in freedom
E is for your heroic Efforts
N is for the New Veterans Charter
T is for Teaching youth
I is for students, organizations and Individuals sending valentine tributes
N is for the Numerous ways we appreciate you
E is for thanks for Everything
S is for your valiant Sacrifices
For next year, please send your Valentine to: Valentines for Vets, Veterans Affairs Canada, Communications Division, P.O. Box 7700, Charlottetown, PE C1A 8M9 firstname.lastname@example.org