Remember them

It is fitting that the four party leaders in Canada can declare a truce to mark the 60th anniversary of VE day. Sixty years ago, this community shut down for two days to mark the end of that war and celebrated with parades and church services.
One week earlier, the community, lead by members of the RCAF home on leave, dedicated the Living Memorial Drive. Elm trees on had been planted on both sides of the highway from Fort Frances to Emo.
Each tree was marked with the name of a district person who had volunteered for war. The hope was that the trees would grow and crown across the highway. It was said at that time “we dedicate these trees knowing that they will sway and move and live in the free air of a free country for which our boys fought and died.”
Today, those trees are as few as the veterans that still live. Yet the values that those trees symbolized in 1945 are true today.
This will probably be the last large remembrance overseas by Canadian veterans. And it is fitting that we mark their sacrifice with remembrance.
In marking the end of the European war, the newspaper tracked where all the veterans from the district had fought. We noted in the editorial of May 10, 1945, “Never to be fogotten are the records of high achievement at Hong Kong, Malta, Dieppe, North Africa, Burma, Sicily, Italy, France, Belgium and Holland.”
District men and women sacrificed much to retain freedom from tyranny and scarcely a family in the Rainy River District went untouched by war.
We should take time this weekend to remember those servants of Canada.

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