DAN CEARNS The Standard
UXBRIDGE: The Uxbridge community will be celebrating one of their residents, a World War 2 veteran, with a parade and ceremony this week.
This Thursday, June 6th, a parade and ceremony will be held in Uxbridge, to both recognize the 75th anniversary of D-Day and to recognize Fred Barnard, a veteran who landed on Juno Beach with the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada, in the first wave of assault.
“Over the years, Fred Barnard has attended many remembrance related events at Uxbridge Secondary School and in the community. As Fred has not been able to get out to school and community events lately, where we try to honour and thank all of our veterans, we wanted to bring the event to him! We wanted to take the opportunity, on this, the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, to say thank you and let him know that We Will Remember,” organizer Tish MacDonald told The Standard.
She also spoke about what it was like to get to know Mr. Barnard.
“I first met Fred 10 years ago, when hosting a remembrance event at Uxbridge Secondary School with our Vimy 2010 students. Past Legion President, Jack Ballinger, brought Fred over, and that was the first time I met him. Fred was quiet and humble, and at that point in time had rarely talked about his wartime service. Fred continued to come to remembrance events at Uxbridge Secondary School (USS) after that, and I am very thankful that so many of our USS Vimy Remembrance Tour students have had the opportunity to learn the story of service of both Fred and his brother Don over the years,” Ms. MacDonald said.
The parade will begin at 7 p.m., on Campbell Drive and will run from house number 35 to house number 17. Participants in the parade are expected to include: Uxbridge Legion Pipes and Drums, Uxbridge Legion and Colour Party, Uxbridge Fire and Colour Party, Uxbridge Scouts, Queen's Own Rifles of Canada representatives, and local veterans. Following the parade, there will be a brief ceremony, at 7:10 p.m., at 21 Campbell Drive.
“As the number of Second World War veterans is quickly decreasing, we must take every opportunity that we can to acknowledge their service, to honour and thank them, and to let them know that We Will Remember,” Ms. MacDonald said.
For more information, contact Ms. MacDonald at 905-649-0180.
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