Photo caption: Pictured from left to right are Rotary Past District Governor Michael Atkins and his wife Marg, Katherine Malcolm and Past President and speaker Stan Malcolm and Stan’s daughter Colleen Burghart.
For over thirty years the Rotary Club of St.Marys has entertained the Veterans of St. Marys and area observing Remembrance thanks mostly to the efforts of Rotarian Ray Bennett. Our November 6th meeting was once again dedicated to Veterans. After a dinner of turkey and trimmings our Past President Stan Malcolm gave a presentation about his trip to the Canadian Vimy Memorial and the 100 year dedication ceremony on April 9th, 2017.
The Canadian National Vimy Memorial is a memorial to all Canadians who served their country in battle during the the Great War of 1914-1918. 60,000 Canadians were killed. Over 11,000 of those killed died in France but they have no known grave. The Canadian National Vimy Memorial bears the inscribed names of 11,168 missing Canadians, killed in action in France but whose remains have not been found or identified.
Past President Stan related his experience of coping with 30000 other students, observers, dignitaries and officials to get there and secure lodging. Regardless, the memorial and ceremony was overwhelming. He reminded us that not only did thousands lose their lives but others were maimed and disfigured or affected for the rest of their lives such as his own father.
The last post was played by Tom Osgerby and later in the program Frank St. Germain played some old war time songs.
The Rotary Club of St. Marys thanks the Veterans who attended and the members who participated to make this evening a success.