In the fall, the government of Saskatchewan unveiled a Support Our Troops licence plate. Featuring a black silhouette of military members from all branches underneath the flag the sale of the new licence plate has raised over $30,000 for Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services (CFMWS).
“Our government is offering the Support Our Troops licence plate to show respect, and help aid military families who serve our country,” Provincial Military Liaison and Wood River MLA D.F. (Yogi) Huyghebaert said. “We are grateful for the service of these brave men and women and want to acknowledge the sacrifices they make for our freedom.
For each licence plate sold, CFMWS will receive $30 to support operations in Saskatchewan. An estimated 1100 licence plates have been sold so far raising $32,000, but Manager of Media Relations for Saskatchewan Government Insurance, Kelley Brinkworth, estimates many more have been sold raising much more money.
A cheque presentation was held to formally donate the money to CFMWS.
“I’m so pleased to see the government is now offering a Support Our Troops licence plate. The fact that profits from the plates are put towards programs that will benefit military members, like my son Brandon, is wonderful and I am so grateful to be part of this process. I will be proud to display one of these plates as a symbol of the gratitude and respect I have for those serving our country, and for those who have lost their lives protecting it,” said Stacey Cherry, mother of Cpl. Brandon Cherry of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, based out of CFB Edmonton.
The plate is $55 for a single Support Our Troops plate for display on the rear of the vehicle and $20 for a second plate for display on the front of the vehicle.
The idea originated from the demand of several customers who wanted a Support Our Troops plate like other provinces.
“It’s just a way for people to honour military members and show their support. These are people who put their lives on hold and leave their families behind and it’s all to help the people left behind and who serve the country. We are just very grateful for their service and it’s just a small way we can acknowledge the sacrifices that they make for our freedom,” said Brinkworth.
Other provinces with similar plates include Manitoba, Alberta and Ontario.
The plates will contain the letter “T” followed by four numbers. For more information about new licence plate visit their website.