Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry
Canadian Heroes Foundation
Cordially invites you to attend a
Commemoration of 100 Years of Service to Canada
By Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry
To be held at
Capt Richard Leary’s Graveside
Mount Hope Cemetery
169 Charing Cross St
Beginning at 1 pm
9 Tollgate Rd
Beginning at 2 pm
8 September 2014
After the service at Capt Leary’s graveside the Memorial Baton Relay Team will run to Dunsdon Legion for the Capt Leary Memorial Dedication. The PPCLI Centennial Display Team will conduct a community outreach and showcase the Regiment’s history at Dundson Legion from 1 until 3 pm
Military: DEU 1A
Civilian: Jacket and Tie or equivalent and medals
Guests are requested to be at the Cemetery by 12:45 pm
Brent Schriner, Canadian Heroes Foundation
Opening Prayer – Padre Kevin Olive – PPCLI
Rachel Porter – Widow of Cpt. Richard Leary
Mayor Chris Friel, City of Brantford
Chris Ecklund, Founder, Canadian Heroes Foundation
Unveiling of Memorial to Capt. Richard Steven Leary
By Members of the PPCLI
Blessing of the Memorial – Padre Kevin Olive – PPCLI
Last Post and 2 minutes silence
Concluding Comments – Brent Schriner
Our sincere appreciation for their assistance
with making this day possible go to:
Mayors Office – City of Brantford
City of Brantford Parks & Recreation
City of Brantford Police Services
Special Thanks to:
Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry
Captain Richard Steven Leary was born 11 Sept 1975 to Rick and Gail Leary in Brantford, Ontario, shortly followed by a sister Brandi. His nephews Michael, Christopher and Nicholas meant the world to him. Richard and Rachel were married on 17 Aug 2002 in Brantford, Ontario. Richard had always wanted to be in the military and his dream came true when he was accepted into the artillery in Jan 2004. He started basic officer training in St Jean, Quebec and upon completing phase 3 artillery training in Oromocto, New Brunswick Richard transferred to the infantry for his final phase of training. In early 2007, he was posted to 2 PPCLI in Shilo, Manitoba.
Richard was so happy when he received the news that he would be going to Afghanistan. At this point he became Captain of Bravo Company, 2 PPCLI and the training in Wainwright Alberta began. It was winter and the phone calls were short but he never sounded happier. His dream was coming true – he was leading his men into war. He made a promise that his men (his lucky charms) that they were all going to be coming home – a promise he kept.
Richard deployed to Afghanistan in late Feb 2008 and was killed in action on 3 June 2008 in Panjwayi.
Reception to follow for those who received invitations to this Memorial
God’s Lent Child
I’ll lend you for a little while
A child of mine, God said
For you to love the while he lives
And mourn for when he’s dead
It may be six or seven years
or forty two or three
But, will you, till I call him back
Take care of him for me?
He’ll bring his charms to gladden
And should his stay be brief,
You’ll have his lovely memory
As a solace for your grief
I can not promise he will stay
Since all from Earth returns,
But there are lessons taught below
I want this child to learn.
I’ve looked the whole world over
In my search for teacher’s true
And from the things that crowd life’s lane
I have chosen you.
Now will you give him all your love?
Nor think the labor vain?
Nor hate me when I come to take
This lent child back again?
I fancied that I heard them say.
Dear Lord thy will be done,
For all the joys thy child will bring,
The risk of grief we’ll run
We will shelter him with tenderness,
We’ll love him while we may,
And for all the happiness we have known
Forever grateful stay.
But should the angels call for him,
Much sooner then we planned,
We’ll brave the bitter grief that comes,
And try to understand.
CAPT. RICHARD STEPHEN LEARY
2nd Battalion PPCLI
SEPTEMBER 8, 2014