Lost or Found War Medals

Lost Medals Canada is owned and run by Heritage Medal Service in an effort to connect those with stolen medals to those agencies who have located or recovered the medals. Visit their website and fill a report sheet out, they are experts in their field like no other!

This is a great service, thank you for making this available to all!

http://www.lostmedalscanada.com/

Op Canadian Heroes-Bangladesh

Are there any Canadians out there with family, friends, business associates, or who would like to go to Bangladesh on Remembrance Day to honour our fallen?

We have 38 soldiers buried there at the following locations:

Maynamati War Cemetery  13

Chittagong War Cemetery  25

please email us if you are interested at @info@canadianheroes.com

 

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November 11, 2014 – My Journey of Remembrance

Today and every day I remember. I remember the sacrifices made by others so that I may have my freedom. I am especially thankful for my Pop – MWO Paul J. Gettas who would have been 93 today. He was an amazing man whom I admire more than he could have ever known. He was a career soldier, serving for more than 20 years. He served in WWII, Korea and several peace-keeping missions in Africa. I am also thankful for my cousin Lieutenant-Colonel Devin P. Conley who is currently serving our country and has been for the last 20 years. My great Poppa Frederick Martin also served in the army and was wounded at Passchendaele in WWI. I am eternally grateful for all the men and women who have served and currently serve in our armed forces.

 

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I moved to Seattle two years ago and noticed that they didn’t celebrate Remembrance (Veterans) Day the same as we do in Canada. I missed the lack of poppies everywhere and wanted to do something to honour our heroes. This year my mom forwarded me a post on Facebook from Canadian Heroes as they were looking for anyone who had contacts in the Azores that could help place flags on the graves of Canadian Soldiers buried there. Since I work in the travel industry this was something easy I could help with. It got me to thinking if there were any Canadian soldiers buried in and around the Seattle area. I contacted CanadianHeroes.com and they sent me a list of five solders that were buried around Seattle.

In honour of our fallen soldiers and our current service men and women I decided that the least I could do was place Canadian flags on the graves of the soldiers here in Seattle. I took the day off work and started out on my journey right in my own backyard – Queen Anne. I headed to Mt. Pleasant Cemetery to visit the grave of Sgt. Pilot Wm J Rees Dikeman, RCAF. He died on February 4, 1942. I took a few moments and whispered ‘thank you’, touched the grave and knelt down and placed the flag in front.

 

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I continued on my journey that would take me to Tacoma, WA about 55km south of Seattle. This stop was at the Calvary Cemetery and Mausoleum to pay my respects to Pilot Officer Victor H. Inderbitzin, R.C.A.F who died on March 13, 1944 – he was just 26 years old. I arrived at the cemetery just before 11am. I brushed the leaves and grass from the grave and knelt down and placed the Canadian flag in the ground. I turned my phone on to the Vancouver Remembrance Day service so that I could hear The Last Post, Lament and observe my two minutes of silence in front of the grave of this brave soldier.

 

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Hearing The Last Post always sends shivers up my spine and brings tears to my eyes. I remember.

I left Tacoma and headed back to West Seattle to the Forest Lawn Cemetery and Funeral Home. Here I would pay my respects to Sapper Clarence Hubbard, Canadian Engineers. He died on November 4, 1918. Thank you.

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Stop four on my journey of Remembrance took me across Seattle to the U-District and another Calvary Cemetery. Thank you Sapper William J. Casey, Canadian Engineers who died on January 2, 1921 at the age of 34. May you rest in peace.

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The final stop on my journey of Remembrance took me 45km North of Seattle to Everett and the Evergreen Funeral Home & Cemetery. I walked around for a long while before having to get help in locating the grave of Sapper Willam Deffries, Canadian Engineers. He died on the 16th of August 1919. It was getting really cold and the day was winding down. I was wondering if perhaps I wouldn’t find the grave. To myself I asked my Pop for help in finding the grave so that I could honour this brave soldier. I turned around and there it was. The strange thing was that the grave was facing the opposite direction to all the others. I knelt down, thanked him for sacrificing his life for my freedom and placed the Canadian flag in front of his grave.

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I am and will always be proud to be Canadian and I am thankful for the opportunity to honour these soldiers. All soldiers should be remembered, today and every day.

Lest we forget.

First Responders-The Inner Battle

I am very excited to announce a new documentary that is being planned by a good friend and someone I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with over the years.

Dave Mydlo Multimedia will be doing a documentary on PTSD with a specific focus on First Responders, and is looking for stories that they can write about.

If you are a first responder and wish to share any experiences please follow the link to there website and communicate directly with them.

Funding to do the documentary is obviously something needed, so if you can help out in any way please consider making a donation!

Dave, thanks so much for this, its a great thing you are doing!

http://www.demvideoproductions.com/#!first-responder/c1acf

Project Heroes

If you are in the Edmonton area, make sure you stop in and see this great exhibit of our fallen heroes, below are the times and place, the website as well, wait till you see the paintings they have done!

November 3 – December 31, 2014

Prince of Wales Armouries Heritage Centre
10440 – 108 Ave. NW
Edmonton Alberta

Hours:
Monday – Tuesday 8:30am – 4:30pm
Wednesday 8:30am – 8pm
Thursday – Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm
Saturday 10:00am – 3:00pm *until December 13, 2014

http://www.projectheroes.ca/home

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Many thanks to Gerry Faulant, the platoon leader with 25  Airborne Unit in Austria, whom will be placing 4 flags on the graves of our fallen in his Country, that we lost in WW2.

Pilot Officer Norman Hubert Johnston, RCAF  KIA April 25 1945  joint grave 8. B. 6-7.KLAGENFURT WAR CEMETERY

Flying Officer Wilfred Tarquinas De Marco RCAF KIA April 25, 1945   joint grave 8. B. 6-7.KLAGENFURT WAR CEMETERY

Warrant Officer Gordon Victor Walker KIA April 25, 1945 grave 8 B 8 .KLAGENFURT WAR CEMETERY

Private Rufus Parent, Essex Scottish Regiment R.C.I.C., KIA October 25, 1943. grave 1 E 4 KLAGENFURT WAR CEMETERY

 

Gerry has been to Canada before in 1999 were he jumped with 4 of our Canadian Paratroopers into Quebec City, and was also to Camp Valcatier. Gerry also passes along a hello to Captain Jim Morin-Jumpmaster.

Gerry jumping over Quebec

Gerry knows how to make a wedding proposal watch how he proposed to his girlfriend!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxG04jboueg

Gerry proposing

Here are some pictures of his unit doing a public display in Austria.

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Here is a video of JB 25 Austrian Airborne Battalion