December 3, 2023

The household of Gordon White, an area Indigenous man who died within the Vietnam Struggle, was the Memorial Household at this yr’s ceremonies.

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Lance Corporal Gordon White volunteered to stroll level in his patrol in Vietnam’s Quảng Nam province on March 12, 1969. At this level within the Vietnam Struggle, the area was nicknamed the Arizona Territory and was house to a number of the fiercest preventing of the warfare. A lot of the fight was in opposition to well-trained troopers with the North Vietnamese Military.

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After taking level, the Marine behind him tripped over a well-hidden booby lure. The explosion killed each males.

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“What Gordon did in volunteering that day—in a harmful space at a harmful time, realizing that numerous his platoon has just lately just lately been killed—he took, for my part and expertise within the Arizona Territory, it took an excessive amount of braveness to do this,” stated Dana City, one other Marine who served with White in Vietnam. “He took the dangers that day to guard his fellow Marines. He laid down his life for them and to me, he was a hero.”

White’s household was honoured as this yr’s Memorial Household at Remembrance Day ceremonies in Fort McMurray. White was an Indigenous man who was born and raised in Fort McMurray in 1945. His father and an uncle fought within the Second World Struggle, his brothers served within the Korean Struggle and a peacekeeping mission to Cyprus. One other uncle served within the Royal Canadian Navy.

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White enlisted within the Marines after briefly working on the Nice Canadian Oil Sands (GCOS) Firm. He  met City, one other Canadian now residing in Edmonton, throughout fundamental coaching in California.

“We name them a household of warriors whom we keep in mind and we cherish their reminiscences on November 11 yearly,” stated White’s nephew, Rick.

White’s sister, Penny Fedora, recalled fondly how he sang to her Johnny Darrell’s Inexperienced Inexperienced Grass of House. After singing, White informed her to maintain their dad and mom if he died.

“My tune to Gordy is By no means Not Keep in mind You. Don’t cry as a result of it’s over, smile as a result of it occurred. Allow us to keep in mind,” she stated.

Canada’s veterans honoured at native ceremonies

About 1,500 folks attended Remembrance Day ceremonies at MacDonald Island Park and on the Royal Canadian Legion department in Waterways. The ceremony at MacDonald Island Park was led by Mike Grey, president of the native Legion department.

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Grey, a veteran of the Struggle in Afghanistan, reminded folks that this yr marks the seventy fifth anniversary of Canada’s contributions to UN peacekeeping missions. Since 1948, greater than 125,000 Canadians have deployed on these missions.

There are presently greater than 3,000 Canadians deployed all over the world on 33 completely different missions. These embody counter narcotics operations within the Caribbean, imposing UN sanctions in opposition to North Korea, airlift assist in Africa, and deterrence measures in Europe. At house, troops have been despatched on arctic sovereignty patrols and catastrophe response missions.

“To correctly take up the torch and honour those that have set themselves to the duty of protector of our nation, each previous and current, we should absolutely embrace our obligation of therapeutic our nation’s warriors,” stated Grey. “Service below the fixed menace of violence and the readiness to do violence when crucial takes an excessive toll on one’s soul.”

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There have been additionally speeches by Mayor Sandy Bowman, and UCP MLA and Minister Brian Jean. Laila Goodridge, Conservative MP for Fort McMurray-Chilly Lake, attended ceremonies at CFB Chilly Lake. Her constituency assistant represented her.

“We’re right here to pay honour and tribute to all those that are keen to take the stand to guard and serve and say the phrases ‘not on my watch,’” stated Robert Parmenter, pastor at McMurray Gospel Meeting and the legion department’s padre. “We should always remember the sacrifice of the youth innocence and even life itself that our comrades in arms have typically made and proceed to make to this present day.”

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The Royal Canadian Legion’s Pipe and Drum Band marches at Remembrance Day ceremonies on November 11, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
The Royal Canadian Legion’s Pipe and Drum Band marches at Remembrance Day ceremonies on November 11, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At present/Postmedia Community
Dana Urban speaks in honour of Lance Corporal Gordon White at Remembrance Day ceremonies on November 11, 2023. He is joined by White’s sister, Penny Fedora, and his nephew, Rick White. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
Dana City speaks in honour of Lance Corporal Gordon White at Remembrance Day ceremonies on November 11, 2023. He’s joined by White’s sister, Penny Fedora, and his nephew, Rick White. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At present/Postmedia Community
Mike Gray stands by an Air Cadet reading ‘In Flanders Field” at Remembrance Day ceremonies on November 11, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
Mike Grey stands by an Air Cadet studying ‘In Flanders Discipline” at Remembrance Day ceremonies on November 11, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At present/Postmedia Community
The march past at Remembrance Day ceremonies on November 11, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
The march previous at Remembrance Day ceremonies on November 11, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At present/Postmedia Community
A firefighter with the Fort McMurray Fire Department salutes at Remembrance Day ceremonies on November 11, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
A firefighter with the Fort McMurray Fireplace Division salutes at Remembrance Day ceremonies on November 11, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At present/Postmedia Community
A soldier with the King’s Own Calgary Regiment marches at Remembrance Day ceremonies on November 11, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
A soldier with the King’s Personal Calgary Regiment marches at Remembrance Day ceremonies on November 11, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At present/Postmedia Community
Dale Bendfeld at Remembrance Day ceremonies on November 11, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
Dale Bendfeld at Remembrance Day ceremonies on November 11, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At present/Postmedia Community
Colonel Kevin Weidlich at Remembrance Day ceremonies on November 11, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
Colonel Kevin Weidlich at Remembrance Day ceremonies on November 11, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At present/Postmedia Community
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Wooden Buffalo RCMP officers march at Remembrance Day ceremonies on November 11, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At present/Postmedia Community
Air Cadets at Remembrance Day ceremonies on November 11, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
Air Cadets at Remembrance Day ceremonies on November 11, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At present/Postmedia Community
Mike Gray, president of Legion Branch 165 in Waterways, speaks at Remembrance Day ceremonies on November 11, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
Mike Grey, president of Legion Department 165 in Waterways, speaks at Remembrance Day ceremonies on November 11, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At present/Postmedia Community
Pastor Robert Parmenter speaks at Remembrance Day ceremonies on November 11, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
Pastor Robert Parmenter speaks at Remembrance Day ceremonies on November 11, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At present/Postmedia Community
A cap rests on a rifle at Remembrance Day ceremonies on November 11, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
A cap rests on a rifle at Remembrance Day ceremonies on November 11, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At present/Postmedia Community
UCP MLA and Minister Brian Jean speaks at Remembrance Day ceremonies on November 11, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
UCP MLA and Minister Brian Jean speaks at Remembrance Day ceremonies on November 11, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At present/Postmedia Community
Mayor Sandy Bowman speaks at Remembrance Day ceremonies on November 11, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
Mayor Sandy Bowman speaks at Remembrance Day ceremonies on November 11, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At present/Postmedia Community
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Pat Duggan and a member of the Canadian Armed Forces at Remembrance Day ceremonies on November 11, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At present/Postmedia Community

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