Remembering Sapper Steven Marshall

Sapper Steven Marshall

5 years ago today we lost Sapper Steven Marshal, whom was K.I.A., Steven was from them the 1st Combat Engineering Regiment based in Edmonton, Alberta, serving as a member of the Task Force 3-09 Battle Group.

Sapper Marshall was conducting a foot patrol in the Panjwayi District when he was killed.

Rest In Peace Soldier.

Below is the father of Sapper Marshall, we met up with him while attending the service of another fallen soldier in Alberta.

Murray Marshall in CH#2

Councilor wants park re-named after fallen soldier Corporal Cirillo, but it won’t happen

Plans are already in the works to name a Hamilton city park after fallen soldier Cpl. Nathan Cirillo.

Coun. Lloyd Ferguson says he plans to urge the city to rename a leash-free dog park in Ancaster after the Hamilton reservist, a dog lover who frequented the park.

The park is located next to the SilverCity cinemas and known to residents as “cinema park,” Ferguson said.

Ancaster residents would be “thrilled” with the tribute to Cirillo, Ferguson said.

“Did you see the patriotism that’s come from this event?” he said. “Canada is a very patriotic country based on what we saw this morning.”

And “what a way to tribute him, through something he loved.”

The idea came from a resident who uses the park. Ferguson plans to introduce it at the first council meeting in December. If it passes, the matter will be referred to the naming subcommittee, where it should be “a slam dunk,” he said.

He would like to see the park called the Cpl. Nathan Cirillo Leash-Free Park.

Above files from CBC Hamilton-Samantha Craggs.

This is all very well and good, but the Councilor is in for a shock when he finds out that the naming subcommittee, and the Hamilton Veterans committee, will not approve this to happen.They have turned down requests like this in the past, and one also from the Canadian Heroes Foundation itself, to not re-name a park but to actually name a park that had no name to begin with after a fallen Hamilton soldier that died in Afghanistan. The park in question also needed lots of cleaning, upgrades, benches, etc, which would all been supplied by ourselves and others that wanted to get this done.

Books of Condolence for the Vincent Family

Here are some pictures of our books of condolence for the Vincent family, one shows the people at the First Ontario Centre signing them after the ceremony, and the books are a combination of signatures and also ones we printed off and put into the books on paper. We think we are over 700 at the moment. There are some great writings that people from all over the world have expressed here, true love, emotion, support and condolence for the families loss.

book signing
Many thanks to Nicole O’Reilly for the above picture from the Hamilton Spectator.

Books of condolence-Vincent


Updated Information of the Funeral Service For Warrant Vincent

A final tribute: Funeral service for Warrant

Officer Patrice Vincent

News Article / October 28, 2014

From 1 Canadian Air Division

The military funeral of Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent will be held on Saturday, November 1, 2014, at Cocathédrale Saint-Antoine-de-Padoue in Longueuil, Quebec.

Warrant Officer Vincent was killed while on duty on October 20, 2014, in a deliberate hit-and-run incident in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec.

Citizens who wish to honour Warrant Officer Vincent are invited to pay tribute on Saturday, November 1 along the funeral procession route, which will begin at the Yves Légaré funeral complex in Longueuil, Quebec. The procession is scheduled to begin at the complex at 10:15 a.m. and then proceed to the Cocathédrale Saint-Antoine-de-Padoue via Marie-Victorin Boulevard, Bord de l’Eau Est Street, Grant Street, and Saint-Charles Street West.

In accordance with the wishes of the family, attendance at the church will be restricted to invited guests only. Following the service, military units and uniformed service members are invited to assemble on Saint-Charles Street to pay their final respects as the procession passes en route to a private interment.

Members of the Vincent family have asked the media to respect their privacy during this difficult time. For now, they do not wish to address the media, preferring to focus on the use of tools such as a possible Facebook memorial page dedicated to Warrant Officer Vincent.

Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent served 28 years as a firefighter in the Royal Canadian Air Force. He was part of 438 Tactical Helicopter Squadron based in St-Hubert, Quebec.

He enlisted in the Canadian Armed Forces in May 1986 and during his career he was posted to Valcartier, Quebec; Comox, British Columbia; Halifax, Nova Scotia; Trenton, Ontario; Esquimalt, British Columbia; Edmonton, Alberta; North Bay, Ontario; Montreal, Quebec; and Saint-Hubert, Quebec.

Warrant Officer Vincent served aboard Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships Calgary, Algonquin, Winnipeg, Ottawa and St. John’s.

Additional information

Yves Légaré – Funeral complex,
2750 Marie-Victorin Boulevard, Longueuil, Quebec   J4G 1P5

Friday, October 31
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Visitation for family only – strictly private
Closed to media
1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Visitation open to the public
7 p.m. to 10 p.m.: Visitation open to the public
Closed to media

Saturday, November 1
8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.: Family only – strictly private
Closed to media

Saturday, November 1 at 11 a.m.
Military Funeral
Cocathédrale St-Antoine-de-Padoue, Longueuil, corner of Chambly Road and Saint-Charles Street.
Media will not be permitted inside the church.

A Nation loses, A Nation mourns…, A Nation Grows

This has been a very trying and emotional week for the entire Country, emotionally and physically drained is about the best way I can put it. It has also been an outpouring of love and support that I have never seen, or experienced before.

In Hamilton I experienced people saying that they have never loved their city and its people so much. At the memorial waterfall illumination we did on Red Friday, people stared in awe and the significance of that night was not lost on anyone in attendance or those that watched as it was live streamed around the world.

The pictures that people took that night and videos as well where simply awe inspiring I must say, and as you know we have done a lot of illuminations over the years.

The Canadian Flag over the waterfall was especially significant a lot of people said as it hit home what happened and why we were there on that Friday night.

We scoped out the best bridge to hang our 40 foot Canadian Flag and decided on the Plains Road bridge. Within minutes of tweeting and facebooking the bridge, people started to join us and a few hours later we had probably over 200 people join us.

Everyone got a Canadian Flag from us, and we had a lot of great conversations with Canadians and what it meant to them to be there. One of the most amazing moments is when people attending a wedding at the RBG came to pay their respects, that said a lot to their feelings of patriotic duty that evening.

I had families of the fallen messaging me throughout the day expressing sadness for our loss to our City, and when it comes from a Silver Cross Mother it carries a very heavy and meaningful statement and feeling of love and support.

I even had one mother ask me to give a hug to another mother that lost her son and was on the bridge with us, a small family indeed.

The memorial that continues to grow at the Armouries was amazing to see, the letters, flowers and thoughts from Canadians was truly beautiful to see and witness, at the darkest of times and the most incredible things can happen from our fellow man.

Today’s funeral saw a City and Country come together as one, even standing with a reporter, people came by to thank them for how they covered it and to say how proud they were.

The front line responders, that came in from all over to help out was amazing, hugs were being given out freely by all, I had a building superintendant even offered me her parking spot for CH#1, and after the funeral somebody put some flowers on the hood of CH#8.

When I left the downtown area, I even had 2 police officers salute me as I drove by, a class act all around.

As the City and Country prepares to sleep, we are getting ready to head to Quebec for the service and funeral of Warrant Vincent.

What does tomorrow hold for us as a Country you may ask?

That’s up to each and every one of us, each day we can build our Nation stronger, that’s the key, all of us can do our part, and today you did, lets keep it going.