Many of our local veterans and military personnel go to the ceremonies at Centrepointe or at the National War Memorial before congregating at the Bells Corners Legion.
The gentleman above first saw action in World War 2, landing in Sicily as part of Operation Husky; he is interviewed in this video. Each medal he wears commemorates a part of his life in the Forces – a Defence of Britain medal, a NATO medal for three years in Germany, the Canadian Peacekeeping medal, a medal for spending a year in the Gaza Strip, one for serving in the military for 26 years, etc.
This local soldier wears two medals for service in Afghanistan, one for peacekeeping, one for Bosnia and one for 12 years spent in the military.
Around noon the Legion began to fill up with the people who had been at ceremonies elsewhere.
These soldiers are Cameron Highlanders – their main base is in the Cartier Drill Hall beside the canal, but they also operate out of a space in the Lynhar Plaza next to the beer store. Many years ago the Camerons had a company garrisoned in Bells Corners, so it’s fitting that they returned here recently.
Several busses transported the cadets to the Legion Hall from Centrepointe.
Others arrived by car, on foot or by bike-taxi.
The Legion Hall featured a touching tribute to local soldiers.