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REPORTING · 3rd July 2012
Walter McFarlane
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As a part of the Canada Day Stage Show on July 1st, Mayor Joanne Monaghan gave out several awards to veterans as a part of Veterans Week. She expressed the veterans made sacrifices to keep Canada free.

The first was James Allaway who joined the Canadian Army in 1962 and served in various postings across Canada, Europe and the Middle East over 18 years.

Max Chene joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1943 at the age of 18. He was registered as a navigator and received his wings. He did all of his flying in Canada.

Charles Doyle volunteered in 1943 at 19. He served in Canada and in Europe as an advanced infantry instructor. In 1945, he was assigned to West Minister Regiment in 1945.

Joe King he joined the artillery in 1939 and served in Germany, France, Korea, the Suez Cannel zone and India. He retired in 1956 with the rank of Captain.

Diam Ray Mackenzie signed up in 1956 and served in the Service Corps, Transport Division, Air Supply and 2 years in Canford Ontario and 5 years in the Canadian Army. It included time in the Middle East.

Ken Minifie joined the air force in 1942. He trained as a radio operator. He was posted in England and New York City. He made bombing runs in French and Germany. His plane was shot down and he spent a year in a prison camp in Poland. During a Russian advanced, he was forced to march to a location near Berlin and was liberated by the Russians in 1945.

Monaghan thanked all the veterans for the sacrifices they made to keep the country free.