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Richmond honours eight fallen soldiers

Major Ron Mathews (left) and Mayor Malcolm Brodie unveil the Richmond cenotaph at a rededication ceremony Sunday.  -
Major Ron Mathews (left) and Mayor Malcolm Brodie unveil the Richmond cenotaph at a rededication ceremony Sunday.
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Veterans, cadets and military organizations joined dignitaries at the Richmond cenotaph Sunday to honour eight war veterans whose names were recently added to the monument.

“It came off seamlessly,” said Matthew McBride, chair of the Richmond Remembrance Day committee, which organized the ceremony at city hall.

McBride discovered the names of the eight Richmond soldiers killed in 20th century wars while doing military research on an unrelated matter.

“I cast my net a little wider…and all of a sudden I found these names,” he said.

Each soldier was honoured with a wreath in the ceremony, held in accordance with policy of the Royal Canadian Legion and the Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans of Canada.

McBride believes other names could be added to the local cenotaph in the future, noting he had submitted seven other names to the city for consideration.

Many relatives of McBride fought in global conflicts, and the Richmond resident and historian believes it’s important to remember the lives of those who gave so much.

“I’m an advocate of the old phrase, if you don’t learn from history you’re doomed to repeat it. The debt that we owe can never be repaid. But within our societies if there’s some effort to remember, then there might be some justice in it.”

Veterans added to Richmond cenotaph

•First World War: Horace Reginald Lee and John Robert Simpson

•Second World War: Ferdinand Adam Treichel, Francis John Matier, Allan John Osborne

•Korean War: Kenneth Donald Reimer, William Edward Dutfield, William Lapka

 

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