CORNWALL, Ontario – Nine members of the Cornwall community, both those in uniform and not, turned up at the Cornwall Cenotaph on Friday, Nov. 4 to show solidarity with soldiers by completing the 22 Push-up Challenge.
The 22 Push-up Challenge is a fundraiser by Wounded Warriors Canada to honour the memory of fallen soldiers and to raise money for those soldiers still suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
The social media fundraising campaign swept Canada this past fall with participants encouraged to take videos of their attempts to complete the challenge and in turn, challenge someone else.
One such participant was Andre Pommier of Pommier Jewellers, who helped organize Friday morning’s gathering. Pommier had previously completed the challenge by doing his push-ups on a canoe.
“The main reason I wanted to do this was that I really enjoyed doing the challenge,” he said. “I felt it brought me closer to our veterans, because to me, a veteran is a 93-year-old man. That’s not the case anymore though, veterans are young now and all serve to protect our country and its a big undertaking. Today was all about paying respect to our veterans young and old.”