Six-year-old Chloe Murphy loves boxing, dancing, Barbies and almost everything else kids her age do. Unlike them, she has a special spot in her heart for veterans. Out of the blue one day she painted a picture of three poppies when she was 3.
Her father Dave Murphy started Tim Hortons for the troops 13 years ago and has done many different things in support of active duty and veteran soldiers.
From helping with the Sacrifice Medal to tickets for Kiss concerts for troops. Dave has done more than his fair share. His daughter doesn’t fall far from the tree.
Chloe shied away from the camera when asked about her painting. She acknowledged she liked drawing it. I asked her why it was important for kids to remember soldiers.
“They fought for us,” said Chloe. “They died to keep us free.”
Her painting is hung in five countries, two veterans hospitals, the Canadian Embassy in Washington D.C., a legion in London, England. Legions in Saskatchewan and Calgary. It sits in the home of roughly 80 military families and the families of 10 fallen soldiers.
The picture is now recognized and used by the Royal Canadian Legion as an example for other children.
If you are a civilian and would like a high-resolution copy of the picture Dave will send you one if you prove a donation to the Royal Canadian Legion. He can be reached at [email protected].