Saturday afternoon, the Royal Canadian Legion in Swift Current hosted a luncheon.

The luncheon featured speeches from Swift Current Mayor Denis Perrault, Premier Brad Wall, Cypress-Grassland MP David Anderson, and the guest speaker was hockey legend David "Tiger" Williams, talking about the importance of Remembrance Day.

Perrault talked about what it was like to have Williams speak.

"Well Tiger is a very entertaining person, but he is also very passionate about the armed forces," he said. "He is one of the few professional athletes that have gone over to places like Kandahar in Afganistan, and he has gone over there for the sole reason to lift the spirits of our troops. I know how much it means to him. His speeches are always so entertaining and prolific, but also at the same time you can hear so many stories about what the armed forces mean to him."

Wall said the luncheon is something he loves coming to.  

"It's very special to be part of this," he said. "Tammy and I enjoy this very much, and she had played a part for the last little while as she has played the keyboard. It's just a special day for all the right reasons."

When Williams was on his way to Swift Current from Beaver Flats before the gathering, his truck blew a tire, and he wound up hitchhiking into town.

Williams said that he has a blast going overseas and entertaining the veterans.

"What we do when we go over is to get the men and women's mind off their daily routine," he said. "The way I view it is I know people would like to go and help our veterans but not everyone can go, so I'm doing it for you.'

After hanging out at with the all-time NHL penalty minutes leader for a while, the mayor and Williams went to change his tire, which is an experience Perrault said he would never forget.

Williams thanked the mayor for his generosity and added that the city should be proud to have a mayor that was willing to go the extra mile to help someone.

 

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