Remembrance Day in Canada, November 11th continues to draw large crowds who continue to pause once per year to remember our war dead from the last two world wars, Korea and now Afghanistan. Huron County gave up two of its sons in the most recent conflict in Afghanistan.
On the left is a photo collage of today’s ceremony held in the village of Blyth, where Exeter Produce employee, Bill Knott laid a wreath on behalf of the Municipality of North Huron. Bill serves as an elected councillor for North Huron.
Freedom is often taken for granted throughout the year, yet on this day the nation pauses to remember. Huron County is fortunate to have in its midst a sizeable Dutch community who frequently bring their continuing gratitude to the public’s attention. The year 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands in May of 1945. The German occupiers surrendered to the First Canadian Army on May 5th. The Town of Goderich hosts Liberation Park to mark the occasion. It is hoped there will be a Dutch Royal visit to the site in 2017.
Huron County also enjoys the services of a local published historian, Jim Rutledge of Goderich, who has completed a book called “Heroes of Huron” which details the stories of veterans from the Second World War. He is now working on a similar narrative relating to our World War One veterans. To help make this narrative as comprehensive as possible relatives are encouraged to share their family histories in a Facebook page, and to be in touch with the author.