Here are some of the most unique cards made for Canadian war veteran's 100th birthday
A month ago, Toronto veteran Fred Arsenault made national news after asking for 100 cards for his 100th birthday — and Canadians have really taken the task to heart.
From unique musical greetings to homemade cards, these are some of the most heart-warming birthday wishes that Arsenault will receive this weekend.
This Oshawa class sent a giant letter after learning about Fred Arsenault during carpet time.
Today our Grade 1 & 2 students @CoronationPS in Oshawa, ON🇨🇦made birthday cards for WW11 #veteran & hero Mr. Fred Arsenault in honour of his 100th birthday & his wish to receive 100 cards! #StarfishClub @CBCToronto @CBCNews @JohnTory @c_pigeau #kindness @CKDOTerry @_AshleyNoble pic.twitter.com/jx5YvWZMU1— Melanie Korach (@melanie_korach) February 5, 2020
And this Canadian boy dedicated some time to collecting 100 signatures for his massive card — one for every birthday that Fred Arsenault has celebrated.
In honour of @tdsb 100 day celebration, this kiddo collected 100 signatures from @TDSB_JRR students and staff to send to WWII vet Fred Arsenault @Sunnybrook Veterans Centre to wish him a very happy 100th birthday! 🎂🎉 #proudmom pic.twitter.com/LwzEslmaqR— Christine M (@mamalidis) March 3, 2020
While this Whitby class offered some homemade cards with pretty impressive drawings.
We sent our birthday wishes to WWII Vet Fred Arsenault today. #Team206 Ss sent beautiful messages & drawings to show their appreciation & well wishes for for Fred’s 100th Birthday. Thanks again to @AnneClements11 for the inspiration & stamps to send the cards. @RoyalCdnLegion pic.twitter.com/Zoe4d7ENAB— Jennifer Nash (@NashTEACH2reach) March 3, 2020
Canadian vocals group The Tenors offered the veteran a personalized musical greeting.
To our friends @CAFinUS we just wanted to let you know that Birthday wishes are on their way for Private Fred Arsenault from @victormicallef, @cliftonmurray & @fraserwalters of #TheTenors 🎂🎂🎂 pic.twitter.com/SKEvvgKCbk— The Tenors (@TenorsMusic) February 27, 2020
But the most heartwarming greeting came from Peace By Chocolate: a Nova Scotia chocolatier run by Syrian refugees.
The Hadhad family sent three letters to Fred Arsenault — in English, Aarabic, and Tagalog — thanking him for his service.
The letter reads, "Your dedication to and sacrifice for Canada has directly helped to make it the type of country that welcomes people in need, just like our family when we had to flee our homeland and were accepted here as refugees to begin a new life in a safe place."
This is my dad writing a letter on behalf of our family to WWII veteran Fred Arsenault who is celebrating his 100th birthday next month.— Tareq Hadhad (@TareqHadhad) February 7, 2020
Thank you, Mr. Arsenault for your service to protect what makes 🇨🇦 the free, welcoming and peaceful country that we are honored to call home. pic.twitter.com/QelVwyJwYh
Fred Arsenault will officially become a centenarian on Friday, March 6. His birthday party will include a live band, a homemade cake and plenty of cards — from family and strangers.
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