UXBRIDGE: Local veteran, George Robson, was presented with the Norwegian Participation Medal, at a ceremony on Monday, December 18th. The ceremony was held at the Uxbridge Legion.
The medal was presented to Mr. Robson by Dr. Marianne Koritzinsky, the honourary Consul General of Norway.
Uxbridge Secondary School partnered with the Uxbridge Legion, to put on the medal presentation. The event was held during the legion’s “Veterans Afternoon”.
“As many of you know, at Uxbridge Secondary School we have a longstanding tradition of remembrance,” Tish MacDonald from Uxbridge Secondary School said. “So today, we are thankful for our partnership with the legion and with the Norwegian Consulate, in honouring Mr. George Robson, and letting he, and the other veterans here in attendance, know that we will remember them.”
Mr. Robson enlisted with the Norwegian Merchant Navy in May, 1944 and served until December, 1944. He spent that entire time serving on the MS Margarette Bakke. After his service with the Navy, Mr. Robson joined the army with the Second Battalion, and volunteered to become a paratrooper. After the war in Europe ended, Mr. Robson was posted for training to Canadian Forces Base Borden. He remained in the service with the Regimental Police until he was honourably discharged in 1946.
“This type of service and sacrifice undeniably deserves recognition, as it is the very definition of altruistic, and in our current society that seems to be increasingly self-centred and self focused, I think we are all in need of a reminder about the value of service,” Emma Runnalls, an Uxbridge Secondary School student, said. “Today, this presentation recognizes just that, George’s willingness to put service above self and knowingly risk everything to do so.”
MP Jennifer O'Connell complimented how the community recognizes veterans’ service.
“What’s so special about Uxbridge really, and the way you treat the veterans here in the community, is something I have not seen before. It’s incredibly special that not only are we honouring George here, but to know that you have a Veterans Afternoon, I think is really something that is really unique,” she said.
Uxbridge Ward 3 Councillor Dave Barton complimented Tish MacDonald and Uxbridge Secondary School on their efforts to honour local veterans.
“You guys do such a great job honouring the veterans and we are so proud of you at the Town council,” he said.
At the end of the ceremony, Mr. Robson was grateful for the recognition.
“I would just like to thank the Norwegian military forces for the medal and the Consul General for delivering, which was very nice. I’m not sure now that I didn’t win the war pretty well on my own,” he said, leading to a lot of laughter from the crowd.