Val­leyview re­mem­bers

Vet­er­ans John MacFar­lane, left, and Brian Thrupp watch the Re­mem­brance Day cer­e­mony that took place at Val­leyview Home in St. Thomas Fri­day. The event saw MP Karen Vec­chio, MPP Jeff Yurek and Mayor Heather Jack­son take part.


Im­ages of war flashed on the screen as res­i­dents and guests of Val­leyview Home gath­ered to re­mem­ber. Over 100 peo­ple packed into the se­niors’ res­i­dence to pay their re­spects to vet­er­ans who have served in the Cana­dian Armed Forces.

Six men and three women who call Val­leyview home served in the army, but the ser­vice was meant to re­mem­ber all.

MP Karen Vec­chio, MPP Jeff Yurek and Mayor Heather Jack­son were on hand to show their sup­port for Cana­dian vet­er­ans past and present.

Val­leyview recre­ation­ist Tala Howald said she or­ga­nized the ser­vice to give res­i­dents a chance to pay their re­spects.

“We value the ef­forts of the vet­er­ans. We have vet­er­ans that live here. They are not able usu­ally to get out and par­tic­i­pate in any other ser­vice. It’s our role to bring things to them and to pro­vide that for them here,” Howald said.

Marie Hart­ney was a cook in the Cana­dian Armed Forces. She has been to Re­mem­brance Day ser­vices all over the re­gion, but said she thinks the cer­e­mony at Val­leyview Home was top notch.

“It’s won­der­ful,” Hart­ney said. “I thought it was ab­so­lutely won­der­ful. I’ve been at ser­vices in St. Thomas, Lon­don and Tober­mory. This is good, this is very good.”

Hart­ney, who is orig­i­nally from Bel­mont, served in On­tario and Nova Sco­tia.



Veteran Marie Hart­ney lays a wreath dur­ing the Re­mem­brance Day ser­vice at Val­leyview Home in St. Thomas Fri­day. She was helped by Val­leyview staff mem­ber Kait Pat­ter­son and Cadet Liam McGuigan.

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