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The Sarnia Journal Sarnia at War - Remembrance Day 2016 : Page 2

Page 2 The Sarnia Journal Friday, November 11, 2016 “L Sarnia at War: a chronicle of our city’s sacrifices est we forget” is a phrase heard o en this time of year. Essentially, it’s a plea to re-member the sacrices made that allows us to live in peace and freedom today. In that spirit, we present ‘Sarnia at War,’ a special pub-lication dedicated to honour-ing local veterans and others who rallied to the nation’s defence. e stories you see here owe their genesis to the Sarnia War Remembrance Project, a growing record of fallen soldiers from the Boer War to Afghanistan started four years ago by retired teacher Tom Slater and a group of volunteer research-ers. Sarnia’s military contribu-GEORGE MATHEWSON tion is extraordinary. When the First World War erupted in 1914 the town had fewer than 11,000 people. By the time the ghting ended four years later one out of ev-ery 10 residents had enlisted. Incredibly, Sarnians made an even greater sacrice in the Second World War. Some 3,000 men and wom-en – a staggering 16% of the population – served before hostilities ceased in 1945. Sarnia at War features a “memorial wall” honouring the names of all 306 fallen Sarnia soldiers (the cenotaph lists 264) as well as 18 feature stories. Most of these stories have never been told before and represent countless hours of research, interviews and fact checking. A roster of talented writers and researchers embraced the task. ey include Slater, who teamed up with fellow researcher Tom St. Amand, Journal columnist Phil Egan, historian Randy Evans, and contributors Gary Shrumm, Lou Giancarlo and Susan Roberts. anks goes as well to our sales team, graphics sta, carriers and especially all our advertisers, without whom this special edition would not have been possible. Remembered with honour The legacy of members of the Canadian Military is one of peace and prosperity. Their sacrifices, past and present, are the foundation for a future where the hopes and dreams of all Canadians can be achieved. Freedom 55 Financial honours the sacrifices of those who serve our country during times of great strife, and we pay tribute to their memory by aspiring daily to the values they’ve defended with their lives. Sarnia would like to thank the Canadian Military for all their sacrifices. THE SARNIA CENOTAPH was of-cially rededicated on Nov. 11, 1955, a decade a er the end of the Second World War in what was then Victoria Park. e grey marble monument had been enlarged with two new wings and topped with a bronze soldier. Inscrip-tions record the names of 264 fallen soldiers from the First and Second World War, the Korean War and other conicts, including Afghanistan. e park also contains two other war mon-uments -a memorial to the Boer War and a new LAV III that was ocially dedicated on Oct. 30 to honour Cana-dian Armed Forces that served in Af-ghanistan. ey include Sarnia-Lamb-ton’s two most recent fallen soldiers, Pvte. William Cushley and Brent Po-land. In 1998, following a proposal by Mayor Mike Bradley, Victoria Park was renamed Veteran’s Park to honour all those who served. GLENN OGILVIE , e Journal 519-336-5540 505–265 North Front St. Sarnia, ON N7T 7X1 Freedom 55 Financial and design are trademarks of London Life Insurance Company. 66-3981 09/16 Mayor Mike Bradley and Sarnia City Council

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