October 8th, 2014
The letter is M, for Memorial
I have just returned from New Westminster where I attended
the unveiling of this poignant statue
commissioned by the City of New Westminster in memory of
the thousand men from the Duke of Connaught's Own Rifles
who marched down Columbia Street on the 1st of October,1940,
on their way to embark to Nanaimo for winter training
and thence overseas for five long years.
Claude Dettloff, a news photographer, captured
the march in an iconic picture that became
famous all through North America, and from which the artists,
fashioned the sculpture.
It was a wonderful and rather emotional experience.
First came the pipers and the drums.....
Then the dignitaries,
and the servicemen, who valiantly remained standing without a twitch
all through the speeches and presentations
the small boy, now eighty, was present with his grandchildren
and helped to unveil the statue
The artists, working on the project
My husband's two brothers marched that day in 1940 with the Regiment.
Neither of them returned to the hills of home
and sleep in Canadian War Cemeteries in France and Holland.
Here is Tom, second behind the 'Daddy"
Gordon is a few rows behind, and in the adjoining file, not visible.
Tom's daughter was there on Saturday, and I was accompanied by family -
it was a time of poignancy and pride among a wonderful gathering
of young and old.
Have you seen this picture? It hangs in our living room, a gift to
Charles from some of the children. Greatly cherished.
For more interesting Ms visit here at ABC Wednesday, with
Many thanks to Roger, Denise and Multiple helpers.