A random act of kindness in Labrador City

Ty Dunham
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Canadian Forces veteran moved by note of thanks on his vehicle

When Labrador City resident Jim Stanton returned to his car after running errands at the Labrador Mall, he spotted a note under his windshield wiper and assumed the worst.

Jim Stanton will never forget the anonymous note of thanks for his service, which was left under his windshield wiper after noticing his veteran license plates. Standing in front of the Labrador City Legion, Stanton said he believes the gratitude is for all veterans. Photo by Ty Dunham/The Aurora.

“Oh geeze,” he thought. “Someone slammed their car door into mine – you’re kidding me, right? And they left a note saying they’re sorry.” 

Irritated, he grabbed the note. But it wasn’t an apology. 

Scrawled on a sheet torn from a notepad were three simple words, “Thanks for serving.” 

Inspired by the “veteran” license plate on his vehicle, the anonymous note took Stanton’s breath away. The retired airborne infantry officer took a moment to compose before heading home, where he posted a picture of the note on a Labrador Facebook page.

In less than 24 hours his post received over 350 “likes,” with people commenting on the kind gesture and giving their own words of thanks to veterans.  

“It spiraled into the best way social media can,” Stanton told The Aurora.  

An officer in the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry for 25 years (both as a regular and reserved member), Stanton knew the gratitude wasn’t meant just for him. 

“I thought, what a lovely, considerate thing to do. Not for me, but for all veterans. They didn’t sign their name; they didn’t say, ‘I’m a veteran, too.’ They took a moment of their life to say ‘Thanks for serving’ and stuck it on a windshield.”

From Alberta, Stanton moved to Labrador West three years ago, a place he has fallen in love with.  

“It’s easy to see why. It’s the people.”

A random act of kindness has no limits to its recipients. Something as simple as saying “thank you” can have a tremendous impact on an individual, and even a community.

“Whoever did that took a moment out of their life, and it’s made a difference to me, and clearly made a difference to others.”

It’s a kind gesture Stanton won’t take for granted.

“That’s going to affect me for the rest of my life. You know there are terrible things happening in the world, but it’s awfully nice for someone to take a moment and say thank you.”



Organizations: Canadian Forces, The Aurora, Canadian Light Infantry

Geographic location: Labrador, Alberta, Labrador West

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Recent comments

  • Christine
    June 06, 2014 - 08:53

    Brought a tear to my eye and a smile in my heart! Respect our veterans!

  • don_mclean9@hotmail.ca
    June 05, 2014 - 22:43

    If we can get our government to treat veterans as they should be treated after they serve their country and return home.

  • Graham Bowers
    June 05, 2014 - 21:45

    This couldn't have happened to a more deserving veteran! I have known Jim Stanton for over 30 years, and he has continued to serve his community in a wide variety of roles since his retirement from the Army. Everywhere he has ever lived, there is a trail of grateful people wishing he had never left.

  • Lorraine Gordon
    June 05, 2014 - 15:52

    What a nice gesture. There are so many kind people in the world and so seldom hear about all the good deeds done by them. My husband is a retired Military man , that's one reason I like to see such articles as this one.God Bless Hugz from your American Friends

  • annie
    June 05, 2014 - 14:14

    Thank you to each and everyone that served and protected.. Well deserved for sure!

  • Debz Howatt-Gallant
    June 05, 2014 - 13:49

    Thank you Ty for sharing this with us today. Your lighthearted news is just what we need today to shift our focus or at least escape it for a while today. Great Job! Hugz from your Island friends. :)