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>


MPP Clark Provides Book of Condolence for Cpl. Nathan Cirillo

Book of Condolence for Corporal Nathan Cirillo

Book of Condolence for Corporal Nathan Cirillo

by Michael Jiggins, Executive Assistant to Steve Clark, MPP, Leeds-Grenville written October 24, 2-14

( BROCKVILLE ) – Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark has set up a Book of Condolence for Corporal Nathan Cirillo at his constituency office, Suite 101, 100 Strowger Boulevard in Brockville.

Cpl. Cirillo, a reservist with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders regiment based in Hamilton , was gunned down Wednesday while guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Parliament Hill.

Clark said he wanted to give residents of Leeds-Grenville an opportunity to pay their respects to Cpl. Cirillo and honour the bravery of the young father, who leaves behind a six-year-old son. Continue reading

Waiting for the Parade a Triumph for Those Who Stayed Behind

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by Lorraine Payette, written September 10, 2014

“They also serve who only stand and wait.”
– John Milton

Whether rolling bandages, practicing for possible blackouts, or trying out leg make-up to substitute for impossible to come by silk stockings, the women who stayed behind while their men went to war always had a lot to do. And those whose men stayed home also felt a fierce duty to help in any way they could.

Waiting for the Parade chronicles the time spent by five women, each waiting in her own way for the war to end. One has sent two sons overseas, one a husband. Two have husbands who have stayed at home – one simply through no wish to enlist, the other to continue his job as a radio announcer reporting the daily news. The last is in perhaps the least enviable position of all – a German immigrant whose father has been placed in an internment camp on suspicion of being a Nazi sympathizer. – to read more>

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>

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>

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>