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Billy Bishop Museum and the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 6, will be hosting a free public event at the Owen Sound Legion for the 23rd Annual Honouring Our Local Veterans Ceremony (HOLV) on Sunday, Oct. 29, at 2:00 p.m.  The venue opens at 1:30 p.m.

You and your family can attend in person or view the ceremony on Rogers Cable channel 53.

The video will be archived on Rogers TV as well as the museum's website and Facebook page.

This year we will recognize nine veterans from Grey and Bruce Counties who have served and sacrificed for their country.

This year’s honourees are: 

Sergeant Terry Bates of the Canadian Military Communications and Electronic Network served for thirty-three years in the Canadian Armed Forces including a deployment to NATO Headquarters Allied Forces Central, in Brunssum, the Netherlands, as a Technical Controller.

Private Alvin Cameron (a posthumous recognition) enlisted for military service in August 1942, serving with the Royal Canadian Regiment during the Second World War and was killed-in-action in Sicily while on a patrol.

Leading Seaman William Cutting signed up for service with the Royal Canadian Navy in 1949 and was aboard His Majesty’s Canadian Ship Nootka as it patrolled the waters off the eastern coast of Korea during the Korean War. 

Lieutenant Luella Denton (a posthumous recognition) served as a nursing sister during the First World War at a number of hospitals and casualty clearing stations in Belgium and France and witnessed the death of many of her colleagues when Number 1 Canadian General Hospital was bombed in 1918. 

Private John Des Jardine (a posthumous recognition) of Tobermory who served with the Perth Regiment during the Second World War as a cook was diagnosed with rheumatic fever and discharged in October 1942.

Lieutenant Colonel James Gale after attending Royal Roads and graduating from Royal Military College flew with Royal Canadian Air Force 441 Squadron as a fighter pilot flying CF104 Starfighters in Europe during the Cold War.  

Bosun John Garvey served aboard ships of the Merchant Navy during the Second World War ferrying goods from North America to the Caribbean, Europe and Africa during the Battle of the Atlantic.

Sergeant Leonard Smith was “looking for a job” when he enlisted in the Canadian Army in 1952, serving with the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps during the Korean War.  

Sergeant Wallace Sprung (a posthumous recognition) who signed up for military service in September 1942, trained as a driver and dispatch rider and was deployed with the Canadian Armoured Corps in Italy and Northwest Europe during the Second World War.

To date this program has honoured the service of over 200 First World War, Second World War, Korean War, Cold War, UN Peacekeeping Missions and Afghanistan Veterans from Grey and Bruce Counties. 

The Ceremony is a free public event and we hope to see you there, to show our local veterans support and learn about them this fall leading up to Remembrance Day.

If you would like to donate towards this program, please use this link.


source: media release, Billy Bishop Museum


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