To the Editor:

Who are those veterans?

This is the question we ask ourselves every year during the Remembrance Day ceremony at the Casselman cenotaph. The names engraved on the cenotaph are the persons that fought during the two world wars and Korea. There are 34 engraved and many are unknown.

Who are they? What are their complete names? Who are the families, their friends, their relatives? What were their units, their rank and their role in the Canadian armed forces? Where did they fight and when? Where are they resting?

Those are the answers we are  searching for. We would like to write their stories in the Casselman archives. This to preserve their memories for the future generations and not to forget them.

Mrs. Aurore Crann, organizer and master of ceremony of the Remembrance Day at the Casselman cenotaph, would like to answer that question: Who Are Those Veterans? Since her arrival in 1994, she has made it her duty to raise awareness to the sacrifice and contributions of Canada’s Veterans.  Since 1998, Mme Crann has been the key person in the organization and progress of the ceremony with her friends’ help M. Gilles L’Ecuyer(dec.), M. Marcel Cléroux and M. Norman Bédard.  The municipality of Casselman, the Russell Legion, local merchants and associations have supported and participated in Mme Crann’s mission, Remembrance Day ceremony.

In the last couple of years, the 2804 Army Cadet Corps of Casselman helped to continue this mission of highlighting the veterans’ sacrifices and to support our members of the Canadian Armed Forces.

We are  seeking your help to find these veterans engraved on the cenotaph. If you recognize a name, his family, friends, relatives or his history, please let us know on Remembrance Day on Sunday the 6th of November 2022. Bring your stories and photos of those veterans to share with the Casselman citizens and our guests. The ceremony starts at 10:00 am at the cenotaph located at 718 rue Principale.

You can also reach us by email at : [email protected] or phone 613 764 5027 and 613 408 2804.

Thank you and lest we forget.

Michel Dupuis