Highway of Heroes Brings another Canadian Soldier Home

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Thousands gathered on overpasses along the Highway of Heroes to pay homage and show their support

by Lorraine Payette, written October 25, 2014

Thousands of people came out on Friday, October 23, to pay homage as the body of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was brought home from Ottawa to Hamilton. Local overpasses on the 401 bled with Canadian colours as the procession wound its way respectfully along the Highway of Heroes, preparing to lay another Canadian soldier to rest.

Corporal Cirillo, age 24, was killed in Ottawa at the National War Memorial on Wednesday, October 22, by a gunman linked to the terror group ISIS. Only two days previously, Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, age 52, was killed after being intentionally run down in a parking lot in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec.

Neither soldier was armed at the time he was attacked. – to read more>

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Royal Canadian Legion Hosting Launch of “Voices from the Past”

Branch 92

Branch 92

by Lorraine Payette, written May 8, 2014

(Gananoque, ON) The Branch 92 Royal Canadian Legion in Gananoque will be hosting a launch of the book, Voices from the Past: Canadian Letters from the First World War, on Saturday May 10 at 2:00 pm.

“The book contains about 100 letters from local men and women and about 125 from other Canadians,” says historian Bill Beswetherick.

The 297 page volume gives a very personal look at the experiences of these people during the great War to End All Wars.

Printed in an 8 ½” x 11” format, it also contains 62 photographs which lend to the feel of being there during this important time.

Copies of the book may be purchased at the launch, or at the Legion itself for $27.50 each. It is highly recommended as a wonderful look at the original history of WWI, and would be an excellent choice for the serious history fan or for anyone wishing to know more about Canada’s involvement in this war.

Gananoque Gathers in Remembrance of All Who Served

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Faces of All Ages Came Out to Pay Tribute

By Lorraine Payette, written November 13, 2013

(GANANOQUE, ONTARIO) The rain fell like icy tears, splattering camera lenses and chilling participants as Gananoque gathered in Town Park on November 11 to celebrate Remembrance Day. – to read more>

14th Remembrance Road Ceremony Keeps Memories Fresh in Mallorytown

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by Lorraine Payette, written November 9, 2013

(MALLLORYTOWN, ONTARIO) On Friday, November 8, piper Larry Fitzpatrick silenced the assembled crowds with a single skirl from his pipes as he led the honour and colour guards in before the stand of dignitaries and school children at Mallorytown’s 14th annual Remembrance Road ceremonies for local service personnel who gave heir lives during World Wars I and II, and in the conflict in Afghanistan. – to read more>

492 Military Police Army Cadets Well Into a Successful Year

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by Lorraine Payette, written October 8, 2013

(GANANOQUE, ON) – The 492 Military Police Army Cadets in Gananoque are in full swing after having held a very successful Recruitment Barbecue on September 11. Now that the excitement of joining up, the fun of seeing your friends join, too, is over, it’s time for the work to begin.

Kate Andrews, formerly known as CWO Andrews, assisted with training through most of the month of September as a civilian volunteer. – to read more>

PGA TOUR Canada announces the Forces and Families Open

PGA Tour Canada – Hylands Golf Club in Ottawa to host PGA TOUR Canada event in 2014

(September 26, 2013 – Ottawa, ON) – PGA TOUR Canada announced Thursday that it will be coming to the National Capital Region in 2014 with the Forces and Families Open in Ottawa.

The Forces and Families Open, which will support the Military Families Fund, will take place August 4-10, 2014 at Hylands Golf Club in Ottawa, Ontario. Forces and Families, a volunteer organization founded in 2007 that supports the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces and their families, will serve as the host organization for the tournament. – to read more>

492 Military Police Army Cadets Hosting Registration and Barbecue

492 Military Police Army Cadets

492 Military Police Army Cadets

by Lorraine Payette, written on September 5, 2013

(GANANOQUE, ONTARIO) The Number 492 Military Police Canadian Army Cadet Corps is hosting a free barbecue at its annual registration being held on Wednesday, September 11, starting at 6:30 p.m. The event takes place at the Lou Jeffries Recreation Centre on King Street East in Gananoque. The program is for kids between the ages of 12 and 18. A birth certificate and OHIP card are needed for registration.

Police and Provost services have existed in many of the world’s armies since the time of Augustus Caesar (27 BC – 14 AD) or earlier. While relatively new to the Canadian Army, they were used to assist in managing the large armies that existed at that time, helping to keep order and deliver dispatches. The Canadian Military Police Corps came about during World War I in October of 1917, and were connected with the RCMP. Time passed, and in 1963 it was decided to amalgamate the Royal Canadian Navy (Shore Patrol), the Army (Provost Corps) and the Royal Canadian Air Force Police. These units came together to be the Military Police Branch. – to read more>

Number 492 Military Police Canadian Army Cadet Corps Holds Annual Review in Gananoque

by Lorraine Payette, written May 22, 2013

(GANANOQUE, ONTARIO) The Number 492 Military Police Canadian Army Cadet Corps made sure they had all their boots spit shined, buttons polished, every hair in place and every uniform spotless as they came together for their annual parade and review at the Gananoque Recreation Centre on May 22. – to read more>

Army Cadets Stand Vigil for 66th Anniversary of Vimy Ridge

Cadets from Gananoque’s 492 Military Police Royal Canadian (Army) Cadet Corps stand vigil at the cenotaph in the Town Park in Gananoque in honour of the memory of those troops who fought so nobly at Vimy Ridge on April 9, 1917

Cadets from Gananoque’s 492 Military Police Royal Canadian (Army) Cadet Corps stand vigil at the cenotaph in the Town Park in Gananoque in honour of the memory of those troops who fought so nobly at Vimy Ridge on April 9, 1917

by Lorraine Payette, written April 13, 2013

(GANANOQUE, ONTARIO) In honour of the memory of those troops who fought so nobly at Vimy Ridge on April 9, 1917, the Cadets from Gananoque’s 492 Military Police Royal Canadian (Army) Cadet Corps chose to stand a vigil at the cenotaph in the Town Park in Gananoque on April 13, the 66th anniversary of the battle.

“No Allied operation on the Western Front was more thoroughly planned than this deliberate frontal attack on what seemed to be virtually invincible positions,” reports Canada at War. “Vimy Ridge was so well fortified that all previous attempts to capture it had failed. However, Canadian commanders had learned bitter lessons from the cost of past frontal assaults made by vulnerable infantry. This time their preparations were elaborate. As the Canadian Commander of the 1st Division, Major-General Arthur Currie, said, ‘Take time to train them.’ This is exactly what the Canadian Corps did, down to the smallest unit and the individual soldier.” – to read more>

Local Troops Prepare for 97th Nijmegen Marches

A team of volunteers from RMC prepares for the 97th Nijmegen Four Days Marches to be held in July.  Here they are on their second 40 km march in two days as the walk along Highway No. 2 headed toward Kingston.

A team of volunteers from RMC prepares for the 97th Nijmegen Four Days Marches to be held in July. Here they are on their second 40 km march in two days as the walk along Highway No. 2 headed toward Kingston.


by Lorraine Payette, written June 12, 2013

“Tramp, tramp, tramp, the boys are marching,
Cheer up, comrades, they will come …”
– “Tramp, Tramp, Tramp”

(GANANOQUE, ONTARIO) The liberation of the Netherlands wasn’t easy. The Nazis had invaded the nation in 1940, and the first city they captured was Nijmegen. Occupied and in peril, the city was mistaken for the German municipality of Kleve by the Americans, who bombed it heavily on February 22, 1944, producing over 750 casualties. But in September of that year, the Allies launched Operation Market Garden, an attempt to keep the Germans from destroying the bridge which was crucial for movement of troops. – to read more>