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A special commemorative Remembrance Day edition


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A MESSAGE FROM THE PREMIER Remembrance Day is the day when Canadians formally pay tribute to the brave men and women who have served, and those who continue to serve our country with courage and dignity. On behalf of all Manitobans, I extend my heartfelt gratitude to our veterans and active military personnel for their service and sacrifice in the pursuit of peace and defense of democracy. 1 encourage all Canadians to join in the great unifying tradition of honouring our military personnel, past and present, by observing the minute of silence at the 11th hour, wearing a poppy or showing your support by attending public memorial events.

Lest We Forget

Though events are planned on the 11th day of the 11th month, the legacy of our veterans is evident every day of the year, all across Canada - the True North, strong and free. We are forever grateful for their service and sacrifice. We will remember them always.

The Honourable Brian Pallister

Four Things Support the World: They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn At the going down of the sun and in the morning,

The Learning of the Wise The Justice of the Great The Prayers of the Good And the Valor of the Brave

The legacy of HEROES Is the MEMORY of A GREAT NAME And the inheritance of A GREAT EXAMPLE

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Thank You

for Your Sacrifice for

Our Freedom

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For your tomorrow, we gave our today

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Jim McLauchlan (top (top, second from left; bottom left left)) immigrated to the Ewart area from Scotland in 1920 with his parents and three siblings. He enlisted with the Canadian Army’s 1st LAA Reg September 18, 1939 in Moosomin, Saskatchewan.

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Canadian Veterans for their courage and service to our country. They are, and will remain, The True Giants of our Community

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Virden citizen Bill (Willem) Ripmeester (late) received the Cross of Merit from the Netherlands Red Cross for his brave work with the Underground during WWII. Bill and his wife Jozina (late) came to Canada in 1953 with three children, Edward, Josie (Hayward) and Archie. The last two children, John Ripmeester and Marian (Braybrook) were born near Virden. Son Ed provided the documentation and information about their father’s bravery and his Cross of Merit.

Willem Ripmeester risked his life to transfer wounded civilians to Dordrecht during WWII. Dordrecht (above, as seen today) is a city and municipality in the Western Netherlands, located in the province of South Holland.

Remembrance Day I wear a little poppy red as can be, to show that I remember those who fought for me

Thank You for our past, present & future freedoms

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We honour those who have given their lives serving Canadians and helping people of other nations.

We honour those who have given their lives serving Canadians and helping people of other nations



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Cold War years

WO John Fefchak climbs into a helicopter during his service in Canada’s north. He loved his duties as a pilot.

The Cold War (1945 -1991) hostility between the Soviet Union and Western powers followed on the heels of the Second World War, with lines of defence such as the Distant Early Warning Line (DEW Line) in Canada’s north. Virden’s John Fefchak served Canada for 31 years during the Cold War, enlisting at age 17 in Brandon in 1951. By 1955 he had received his Corporal rank and was headed into Canada’s far north with 108 Command Flight and helicopters to help build the Mid Canada Radar Installations at Knob Lake, Great Whale River, Moosonee, and Hopedale.

Qualified on three types of helicopters as a crewman, he was awarded the flying badge of a Flight Technician. Later, Fefchak went to CFB Trenton, serving there with a multitude of aircraft types. For helicopter Search & Rescue operations he was awarded the Sikorsky “Winged S” award in recognition for life-saving achievements. About that time Canada’s famed and short-lived delta-winged interceptor aircraft, the Avro Arrow, diverted into CFB Trenton. “I was on the hangar line duty that day. According to history, this was the one and only time, the Avro Arrow air-



Base Commander at Moosejaw Colonel Tait (l) presenting John Fefchak with his promotion to Chief Warrant Officer circa 1977. PHOTOS/SUBMITTED

craft ever landed at a base other than its home at Downsview. That is probably one of my greatest memories.” In 1965, Fefchak was posted to Air Transport Command Head Quarters (ATCHQ) and remained there, on staff, until 1970. As Chief Warrant Officer, at Trenton, Fefchak worked out of #10 hangar. “It was a very busy place with the comings and goings of 437 and 436 squadron aircraft, the 707 Boeings and Hercules. This, to me, was the best of times. I had aircraft positions of Deputy Servicing Officer and Deputy Repair Officer in Heavy Transport.”

In the summer of 1976 Fefchak served at CFB Moose Jaw as Base Safety Officer, the Senior Technical Co-ordinator for the Snowbird jets, and filling in as the Base Warrant Officer. In 1982, when his contract of service drew to an end he was offered a Commission rank of Captain as an Aeronautical Engineer and did not accept it. “The service pride that I once knew was radically being altered and, stubborn as I am, there were changes that I did not like. “We moved to the Virden area, built a house on our acreage where my wife and I still reside.”

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Peacekeeping Kenton Legion President WO Mike Ramsden (ret.), an aviation technician, served as a UN Peace Keeper. He was part of a contingent who received a Nobel Peace Prize in 1979-80. Ramsden was stationed in Cyprus as well as Egypt and takes great satisfaction from his role as a UN Peacekeeper. He tells of his six-month tour of duty stationed at Ismailia, Egypt. “It was right after the Israelis and Egyptians settled down. We went in there to stand between them in 1979. I was there over Christmas – 1980. It was Really interesting. We got to see and do a lot of things. “We used to go into Damascus once a month or so – taking in supplies for the military there. It was just one of the things we did. We were moving UN observers around too.” One trip that stands out in Ramsden’s memory was a mission carrying a Russian officer: “You have to tell the Israelis what you are doing. I stayed with the airplane, because the Russian officer couldn’t get off. He wanted to have a smoke. I told him, ‘You

can’t smoke in here.’ But the Russian walked to the door to get off … and met six Israeli’s standing around the plane armed with Uzis (sub-machine guns).” The Russian officer didn’t need a smoke that bad. When, later, Ramsden had to leave the plane, he explained, “It was one of those situations where you move slow and keep your hands in sight.” Never-theless, he said he felt safer with the Israelis than with the other middle-eastern soldiers. “Israel was the one place where we could go and feel at home. Even if they were walking around the place, armed. And, you could eat the food.” He was also in Larnaca, Cypress. When travelling to Damascus, the peacekeepers had to go via Cyprus. “The Syrians didn’t want us to go on a direct flight because we would have to pass over Israel. If we did that, the Israeli jets, bombers, etc. would be able to fly in our radar shadow and go over to Syria, so we had to make a long trip out.” That meant refuelling in Cyprus.

Mike Ramsden. From the Legion Military Service Recognition Book.

“I’ve been a lot of places where the government said it was necessary to carry a loaded weapon, but [the Egyptian tour of duty] was

the one place I was most worried, and not just about getting shot, about having to shoot somebody.” Ramsden said he never

had to fire a shot in anger, or in defence. Throughout his mission as a UN Peacekeeper their presence was sufficient.

“We were trusted, [antagonistic forces] just knew, there was no sense in standing up [against us], we will fire back.”

CO (ret.) Mike Ramsden’s awards from tour of duty as a UN Peacekeeper stationed in Ismailia, Egypt.

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Empire-Advance | October 2, 1928

Virden’s Memorial Handsome Memorial Tribute to War Heroes Shipped Friday Monument to perpetuate memory of men and women of this town and district who made the supreme sacrifice in Great War, will arrive during ensuing week It is almost ten years since the Great War ended but the memory of the sacrifices of our men and women who gave their lives has not been dimmed by time. The erection of some tangible token of our recognition of the heroic service rendered during that period, when our people fought and fought effectively to preserve those things most sacred to the hearts of a free people,

will be an accomplished fact within the next couple of weeks. The committee in charge have been advised that the stone was shipped from Toronto last Friday and should arrive here by the 16th. A man from the factory will be here to erect the monument on the foundation which has been put in. It is possible that the unveiling date will be announced without delay.

Empire-Advance | September 18, 1928

WAR MEMORIAL TO BE UNVEILED SEPT 30 The war memorial shaft arrived from Toronto last Friday and is being erected by an expert from the factory. It will be dedicated on Sunday, September 30th, and the unveiling will be performed by Gen. J. G. Rattray, who will come from Ottawa for the purpose. General Rattray is an old-time Virdenite, who will receive a warm welcome on this occasion. The balance of the dedication program is, as let, somewhat indefinite, but a special committee of the general memorial committee has the matter in hand and hopes to announce the complete program next week.

Empire-Advance | September 25, 1928

War Memorial Will Be Unveiled Sunday Splendid shaft will be dedicated to memory of those who paid supreme sacrifice; relatives of departed specially invited Ten years after the great war which ended victoriously for the armies of the allies, and in which Canadians took such a conspicuous part, we are at last ready to dedicate our tribute of a memorial shaft which will last as long as time, to the men and women of this district who gave their lives. This shaft will remind us and future generations of those who assumed and paid the highest sacrifice which citizenship can demand. We will be reminded that the deeds we honour with the memorial were not done on demand voluntarily and freely as a recognition of the highest responsibility of citizenship. It has taken ten years to achieve this tribute, not because our hearts were not warmed with gratitude for the sacrifice of our men and women, not because of any lack of willingness to extend the honor which our hearts held into a tangible form, but rather because of conditions which made it difficult to give adequate expression to our earnest wishes. However, through energetic and harmonious activity of the general committee which included representatives from practically all organizations of a public or semi-public character under the direction of Mayor Gardner, the work was started and the public response to the call for donations was prompt and generous. The necessary funds were gathered, the monument selected and now is erected ready for the public unveiling and dedication to the memory of soldiers and nurse's who died in the service during and fol-

lowing the Great War. The monument has inscribed upon it seventy names,. The committee has made special arrangements for accommodation of relatives of the above and extend a special invitation for them to be present at the dedication service. The service next Sunday is scheduled to start at half-past two in the afternoon and the program is a particularly appropriate one. Col. John G. Rattray, a former publisher of The Virden Advance, who had a brilliant war record, will come from Ottawa to unveil the monument. Capt. A. Williamson, Salvation Army, will read the scripture lesson; Rev. D. B. Sparling, Hargrave, will lead in prayer; Rev. H. J. Tomkins, rector of St. Mary’s church, will read the prayer and dedica,tion, and Rev. D. H. Telfer, M. A., B.D., will deliver the address of the day. Special music by a choir of all local singers desirous of helping, under the direction of John Yewdall, with Miss Maybelle Robertson at the organ, will be a feature of the service. Placing of flora tributes by organizations and individuals will provide a further opportunity for expression of gratitude for the sacrifice of the men and women whose names are inscribed on the stone, and sympathy for the relatives whose loss was greatest. We understand that all local Sunday School services have been withdrawn so that the children as well as all adults in the entire district may attend this public dedicatory service.

Over two thousand people join in service of unveiling and dedicating magnificent shaft of grey granite in Victoria Park

Victoria Park was the centre of interest for over two thousand people, including large representations from Elkhorn, Oak Lake, Brandon, Souris, Pipestone, Reston, Miniota and other areas last Sunday afternoon. A handsome memorial erected as a tribute to the men and women of this town and district who gave their lives in the Great War was unveiled. The shaft is made from grey granite, beautiful in its simplicity, and was the subject of much favorable comment. Located in the centre of Victoria Park, it will occupy an imposing position in the plan of laying out the garden and walks. There will be a clear view from either Seventh or Eighth Avenues. The arrangements for the service showed much careful thought in planning the details. The speakers platform erected at the foot of the monument, the platform for the choir, the seating scheme for relatives and all the little things which combined to make the service attractive, were thoughtfully taken care of by the memorial committee. The weather man, too, showed a sympathetic interest by providing a delightfully warm afternoon. Cubs, Scouts and Girl Guides, including a contingent from Souris with their respective leaders, joined with members of the Canadian Legion, 100 strong. Under command of Capt. M. R. Ames, they lined up at the Legion Club Room and headed by Virden Citizens' Band, paraded to the scene of the service. To boys and girls the service must have been very impressive, while to the Veterans it must have renewed memories of Comrades who sleep amid the poppies in France and Flanders. The service opened with O Canada, with band accompaniment, sung with much fervor. James Gardner, Mayor of Virden who has been an indefatigable worker for this tribute of honour, referred to the ready and generous response to the call for funds to erect the memorial, as an assurance that, in the hearts of the people, there is grateful remembrance of the sacrifices made by the men and women whose names appear on the monument. The large attendance at this service was further evidence that we have not forgotten, said his Worship.

The hymn "O God, Our Help in Ages Past" was sung to band accompaniment followed by the scripture lesson read by Capt. A. Williamson, Salvation Army, and prayer by Rev. D. B. Sparling, of Hargrave. The hymn "Praise to our God" was followed by the unveiling by Col. J. G. Rattray. He spoke in feeling terms of his long residence in this community and associations with some of those whose names appeared on the stone. He referred briefly to his early military experience and paid a splendid tribute to the war effort of Virden and all the district, surrounding. He spoke in glowing terms of our great heritage in Canada, saved to us and future generations through the successful war efforts of 1914- 1918. Rev. H. J. Tomkins, Rector of St. Mary's Church, led in prayer and dedication of the monument. Two minutes silent tribute to the dead was followed by the “Last Post,” played by Bugler James Bird, of the Border Horse, Elkhorn detachment. An anthem by the combined choir, “Blest are the Departed,” was an appropriate and much appreciated number.

The address was delivered by Rev. D. H. Telfer, M.A., B.D., minister of St. Paul’s United Church. He said: “The erection of this cenotaph gives outward form to our grateful remembrance of our soldier dead. “I feel I could not do better than to point out some of the more appealing and effective aspects of this memorial, which the artist trusts will be ‘an incentive to deeper thoughts, a beacon of reverence for the deeds of sacrifice of all who took part in the great struggle.’ “On two sides of the cenotaph are inscribed the years of the struggle through which we passed, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918, and great torches of remembrance, symbols of those undying memories which are kept alive and alight in our minds. “The light was first lit by the unselfish sacrifice and unselfish service of those who gave their all. On the back of the memorial are the names of those who did not come back, seventy in all, inscribed in the shadow of a cross, the symbol of the supreme sacrifice of Him, who gave his life for the whole world. Cont’d on Page 11

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Tribute to War Heroes Cont’d from Page 10 “In the most prominent place, as the predominant thought, is the Sword buried deep through sacrifice. It is not intended to be a glorification of the Sword, but its fast gripping as in rock. The sacrifice of so many lives was to the end that war should be no more and that the Sword should forever remain sheathed. “We are met to engage in a solemn act of commemoration. For a while we walk by memory down the avenue of the years and recall those men and women, young and unafraid, who went from this community to pour out the rich, red wine of their youth. Surely, we catch the words of Another Youth, who, on the eve of giving of his life, asked that he might not be forgotten. It was a perpetual remembrance he sought, when he said, ‘As oft as ye do this, do it in remembrance of me.’ That is the purpose of our coming together, that we might do something in remembrance of those of our number who gave their lives in the Great War. “All over the world, and all parts of this country, in humblest hamlet and in proudest city, in stone or bronze, have arisen memorials to keep before the minds of succeeding generations something of the magnitude

of our suffering and sacrifice through the years of war. “Ten years have passed since those days, and those who were but children then, dimly sensing the strain and tragedy of those days, are the young men and women gathered here. In 1918 the scale of the war was turned by the eighteen and nineteen-year-olds; the flood of young life that was poured out and which swept the armies of the allies on to victory. “And I am convinced, as then, so now the scale of peace will be turned by what is determined upon by the eighteen and nineteenyear-olds of today. The victory of love and peace is in their hands. The young had a great and glorious share in the days of the war and I believe that there is a large share for them in these days of peace, for peace has its struggles no less than war. “There are struggles to be engaged in and victories to be won, which will demand their toll of courage and endurance and life before this Canada of ours becomes the land God intends and there flows from it that peace and blessing and goodwill which shall be for the healing of the nations. “The long list of names on this splendid shaft of stone will help these young men

and women to see the cost in human life and will enable them in part to estimate what the endurance and the courage of our people were during those long years ere victory was won. “Many sacrificed themselves in civil pursuits, to the quiet of home life, in the same spirit as those who went overseas. We should not forget them. “Never was there a war in which those who went were so informed and conscious of the issues. They went believing they were to fight for what was right, for the preservation of liberty, for the ending of war and the establishment of lasting peace. “All true commemoration leads to real communion. Today, as we think of those names we commemorate here, in a very real way we enter into communion with them. To those who are seated in these seats set aside for relatives, and to very many of you, the names inscribed on this monument are more than names, they are forms and faces unforgotten, gestures recalled, and voices heard again. For this hour we live again with all our brethren, marshalled by our awakened and sacred memories. “Lincoln said, and his are words I would have you

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carry away, ‘It is for us, the living, to be dedicated to the great task remaining before us; that from these honoured dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion; that we highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain.’” “Lord While for all Mankind Pray” was the hymn selected to follow Mr. Telfer’s address. The choir contributed Jackson’s “Te Deum” in fine style and the Benediction followed. Placing of floral tributes by organizations and individuals changed the base of the monument into a garden of wondrous colour and beauty. The National Anthem, both verses being sung, concluded a service that will long be remembered. John Yewdall directed the Choir and Miss Maybelle Robertson was an efficient organist. The Band with the assistance of players from Elkhorn and Oak Lake, under the leadership of Mr. Frank Tinney, contributed in large measure to the success of the program. The memorial committee deserve all praise for making it possible tor the community to give expression to its wishes. Credit is particularly due to the

executive which handled all the details in such a capable manner. The executive was comprised of Mesdames Geo Clingan, J. Pritchard and Carman Whiteford; His

Worship, James Gardner, Mayor; T. H. Clements, secretary of Committee; Messrs. A. G. Hay, H. C. H. Brayfield, David Reid and Dr. O. S. Ross.

Virden’s Fallen Heroes Those who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Great War, as they appear on the cenotaph • Bailey, H

• Forsythe, A

• Mcdermaid, A

• Bailey, F E J

• Foster, J H

• Mcguffin, W

• Ballantyne, W J

• Gilby, G W

• Manning, A W

• Bertleson, C

• Grant, W

• Mead, T

• Best ·H V

• Green, M E (Nurse)

• Menzies, W H

• Biggs, Gordon • Bowden, F

• Grey, G

• Montgomery, JH

• Brook, F

• Gunby, Paul E

• Moir, P

• Cameron, Archie

• Haywood, W A

• Muir, A

• Hennan, V B (Nurse)

• Muldrew, Cecil

• Carscadden, LE

• Ivens, J F H

• Paton, S

• Ivens, C J

• Pineo, H M

• Collier, F W

• Jackson, T H

• Ross, H

• Comper, W J

• Jackson, W

• Ross, W

• Cook, W H

• James, A L

• Russell, James

• Corfield, W H

• Johnston, C R

• Sanford, C G

• Coutts, W R

• Jones, J W

• Simpson, F I

• Cotterill, H

• Joslin, J S

• Venner, G

• Day, P ·C R

• Jeffrey, H

• Vickery, J

• Durham, J R

• Laing, J Mcl

• Warren, A R

• Elliott, W Roy

• Ledgerwood, D

• Warren, F G

• Farrell, L

• Leech, W L

• Weber, C K

• Fitch, C

• Leech, H

• West, E T

• Fleck, D L M

• Lobb, Percy H

• Young, W P

• Carr, J A

• Maddox, F W

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Striking Monument The Lenore cenotaph was erected in the years following World War One and is inscribed: “Erected by the municipality of Woodworth in honour of the men from this municipality who served their country during the 1914 Great War 1919 and in memory of the supreme sacrifice made by the following:� Below the statue of a solitary soldier staring into the distance are 36 names of the dead from World War One etched into the stone. On the opposite side of the cenotaph pillar is a more recent inscription of 35 men who died in World War Two. Every June, veterans and Legion members come to the Lenore war memorial in the park to lay wreathes on Decoration Day.




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Juno Beach Ed James on Juno Beach for the 75th Anniversary of D-Day


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The picket fence, where poppies are placed, leads down to Juno Beach.

War historian and re-enactor Ed James of Elkhorn paid a historic visit to Europe in June of 2019 to be at Juno Beach for the 75th Anniversary of the Canadian troops landing. It was a key Canadian battle in which many things went wrong. Despite stormy seas, on D-Day, June 6, 1944, the Canadian assault units succeeded, with the support of tanks, to destroy the German positions one at a time. James knew this would be the last significant anniversary when many of the veterans of WW2 would be able to able there. He travelled alone from Canada, but was able to join an old friend from France: “30 years ago on Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, I met a French Gendarme (French Police Officer), an historic reenactor like me.” In planning the trip, James contacted that Gendarme and, sure enough, was invited to join his group of some 30 retired French police, all re-enactors, going for the 75th Anniversary at Juno Beach. “When I went to Juno Beach, I walked outside and I was on the beach taking pictures of [wreaths and] flower arrangements, plus I had my container to scoop up some sand to place at [Elkhorn] cenotaph. “While I’m on the beach, I’m walking in the footsteps of, perhaps, Canada’s greatest generation. It was magic to me, I was very proud to be there.”

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WW2 RCAF veteran Richard Rohmer (l) and Ed James at the Canadian Juno Beach Memorial Centre, Normandy. Air Marshall (retd.) Rohmer flew combat missions over Juno Beach during the Canadian landings, June 6, 1944. After the war, he became a lawyer and author. PHOTOS/ED JAMES



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LEFT ALONE No Stone Left Alone provides students and youth with an opportunity to honour and remember Canada’s veterans. In Virden last year, Kevin Procyk helped organize the act of placing Canadian flags on the graves of veterans buried in Virden Cemetery. The Scouts/Guides participated. Pictured here: (rear l-r) Kevin Procyk, Laura Heaman, Toby Roach, Dave Roach, Harry Coleman; (front l-r) Nicholas Roach, Anthony Roach, Jesse Roach, Jacoby Heaman; (missing from photo: David Reynolds, Derek Quinn, Cindy Brading). PHOTO/SUBMITTED

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CFB Shilo A group of soldiers based at CFB Shilo take part in an October training exercise preparing for an upcoming deployment. PHOTO/MCPL HEATHER MACRAE, 3CDN DIV IMAGING

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On November 11, 2018, at the going down of the sun, communities across Canada marked the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War with the ringing of 100 bells. Above: Kevin Procyk (l) presenting a Bells of Peace commemorative plaque to the Town of Virden - John Davidson, Rhonda Stewart, Curtis Smith and Jeff McConnell. Bottom left: Procyk presents a Bells of Peace commemorative plaque to Keith Lobel (representative for St. Paul’s United Chruch); Lobel looks after St. Paul’s carillon. The Town of Virden, St. Paul’s United Church and the Royal Canadian Legion Br. No. 8 (Virden) received plaque for their participation in the Bells of Peace event. PHOTOS/SUBMITTED

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Remembrance Day 2019  

A commemorative edition honouring those who served and continue to serve.

Remembrance Day 2019  

A commemorative edition honouring those who served and continue to serve.