Honouring our military veterans

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Dear Editor,

We must honour our military veterans who have gone to war in order that we have the freedom and peace that we all enjoy today. The city of Arnprior is honouring their veterans by naming new streets after them. I agree that this is a great thing to do. Cornwall should do the same for brave men. This way we would remember them in a very special way. For instant, my father-in-law “ Sterling ‘Dusty’ Conley” was of the Algonquin Regiment. He was wounded in Holland during the second world war. The German army planted mines all over the field. On the way back through this field, the men stepped on these mines and 95% of his platoon died crossing that field. The men in front of my father-in-law died instantly. My father-in-law was left there on the field all night in pain. He could hear his fellow soldiers crying and dying all around him.

He was saved in the morning and sent to a hospital in England. There, the doctors wanted to amputate both his legs. He refused that amputation. He endured 22 surgeries to save his legs. He was in the Hospital in England for six months, away from all family and friends. He lived a long time after the war. He eventually passed on in 1998. He was a fine man, and a man to be respected. Indeed he was a hero.

The City of Cornwall should honour such people as my father-in-law and so many others by name new streets after our vets. There are countless other veterans that could also be included in this proposal. The City could have a list of Veterans’ names ready. An article in the local paper would highlight his or her name and why that person was chosen for a new street name. Roger Lamoureux,

Cornwall

Organizations: Dear Editor, Hospital in England

Geographic location: Cornwall, Arnprior, Holland England

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