Thursday, November 12, 2015
Perley and Rideau Veterans Centre Remembrance Day Service
A goodly number of Masons met this morning at The Perley and Rideau Veterans Centre to pay our respects to those who have paid the ultimate price. As usual, the place was bulging at the seams and it was standing room only. The program is always so well done and this year was no exception. The first two Masons I met as I walked in were MW Bro Don Mumby and RW Bro Sam Kalinowski. As the DDGM of Ottawa District 1 this year, I was privileged to lay a wreath on behalf of the Mason as well as present a donation to the Perley and Rideau Veterans Foundation.
As I sat waiting for the ceremony, I sat beside a gentleman in his nineties who was just coming up on his first year at the Perley. He was a paratrooper and brought out his service card and showed me the different battle theaters he fought in; WW2, Korea, Viet Nam and numerous peace keeping missions. He couldn't help but sob as he told me about how he and his comrades 'adopted' an orphan boy from a decimated Viet Nam village. Together, those soldiers put this boy through school including university. This boy, now a man, still makes regular trips to Canada to visit with his many benefactors.
All in all it was a nice day and I walked away just a little richer than I was when I went in..
Receiving the wreath from my little 'Wreath Bearer'