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PostPosted: Tue Oct 05, 2010 9:11 pm    Post subject: End of an Era Reply with quote

Peter Worthington has written a very interesting article in today's, Sunday Oct 3rd, edition of the Toronto Sun. Apparently this Tuesday the final luncheon for the
1st Canadian Parachute Battalion is to be held at the Hamilton Airport. No time given. I searched the Toronto Sun web site on line and this article does
not appear as yet, so if you haven't seen it I think it would make very interesting reading, particularly for all you 1st Para Reenactors.
To quote Mr. Worthington this next Tuesday "a final luncheon at Hamilton's War Plane Heritage Museum, when all its public activities will cease".

As I read I thought that, for many of you who are keenly interested in the 1st Paras, this might be a golden opportunity to meet these fine gentlemen
and talk with them about their experiences and perhaps to let them know that you, and others like you, are keeping the memory alive and their
brave deeds and actions will never be forgotten. There is a picture of Fred Topham in the article also taken when he was serving with them.

I am passing this along as a topic of interest only.

Sad to hear.....
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 05, 2010 9:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do you have any links or other info Crash? I saw this on the news last night, but could find nothing online about it. But it is sad news indeed, it makes the things we do, the collections we have and the interests we all share all the more poignant.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 05, 2010 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I Attended it, and it was truly humbling. As I told Glynn via PM, they signed my Pegasus flag, and that was truly an honor. There was a reenactment group there, and they asked me to join as a medic. I am thinking I will, and I can use my gear with this group's 1 CAD paras.

Anyways, these men are heroes. They have left it to us to remember them and their exploits, as well as today's paras who are fighting.
Amazing.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 06, 2010 8:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

None of that was covered in the London news... TV or print. Just shows how important it is to keep the memory going.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 06, 2010 10:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe we should partner with the remaining 1 CAN PARA vets, as to ensure that we.

Honour Their Memory, and Remember Their Sacrifice.

Possibly inviting them to the odd game, or historical event.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 06, 2010 12:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mr.shiney wrote:
Maybe we should partner with the remaining 1 CAN PARA vets, as to ensure that we.

Honour Their Memory, and Remember Their Sacrifice.

Possibly inviting them to the odd game, or historical event.


Living History events... yes. Games... wouldn't be the correct venue.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 06, 2010 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It would also be nice to get their thoughts on our impressions. Get that extra bit of accuracy. Especially for field modifications, such as the elastic top pockets on the Canadian Jump Smock
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 06, 2010 2:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mr.shiney wrote:
It would also be nice to get their thoughts on our impressions. Get that extra bit of accuracy. Especially for field modifications, such as the elastic top pockets on the Canadian Jump Smock


This is very true... Ian got some great suggestions from a 1st CanPara Vet at one of the Russel Air Shows.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 06, 2010 4:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

He explained to me how to iron the BDU and put a crease in the pants to make them look good. I will gladly explain to anyone interested. I plan on doing it this year at Halloween for my walking out uniform.

I would love to have gone to this if I had known about it and had a way to get there.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 06, 2010 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They were not letting people in, but Mrs. De Vries, the wife of Jean De Vries let me in. They are great people.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 06, 2010 5:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mac Jock Itch - it is details like that, that will allow a personalized and more accurate impression.

Maybe we could invite the 1 CAN PARA and FSSF organizations to provide us an education about their units, traditions and habits.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 06, 2010 5:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One sugestion, do it ASAP as they are all very old.
They love to talk, and they love reenactors. Good idea.
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