A Man on a Mis­sion

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Vanier, Sher­brooke

RobertGroulx, of Sher­brooke, is a man on a mis­sion and his only en­emy is time. “My work is very ur­gent be­cause our Vet­er­ans are get­ting older by the day,” said Mr. Groulx who has been asked to find World War II and Korean War Vet­er­ans, even de­ceased Vet­er­ans in the case

of the lat­ter, who are el­i­gi­ble for sev­eral medals or cer­tifi­cates that have been re­cently cre­ated to hon­our them.

A for­mer mem­ber of the Cana­dian Armed Forces, a mem­ber of the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion for fifty years in­clud­ing in the po­si­tion of Pres­i­dent of the Que­bec Provin­cial Com­mand, and now the vice-pres­i­dent of Do­min­ion Com­mand of the Army, Navy, Air Forces Vet­er­ans in Canada, Mr. Groulx ex­plained how he ‘in­her­ited’ his press­ing and was with the Le­gion so long, the Depart­ment of Vet­er­ans Af­fairs knew me and called me about the French Le­gion of Honor Medals.” Mr. Groulx was also con­tacted, last year, by Vet­er­ans Af­fairs to help find Vet­er­ans of the Korean War. “Last year was the an­niver­sary of the Armistice of Korea, so the Korean Con­sulate called Vet­er­ans Af­fairs to say they wanted to give medals to the Korean War Vet­er­ans in Canada, and so Vet­er­ans Af­fairs called me. I found thirty-four Korean War Vets, last year, and twenty-one of them were able to come in to Len­noxville for a cer­e­mony to re­ceive their Am­bas­sador of Peace Medals and to sign the City of Sher­brooke’s Red Guard from the Que­bec Ci­tadel there for the oc­ca­sion.”

Last year, Mr. Groulx was look­ing for Vet­er­ans liv­ing in the East­ern Town­ships who took part in the Korean War, or their spouses or de­scen­dants if de­ceased, and Vet­er­ans who took part in the Nor­mandy Cam­paign in World War II to re­ceive the French Le­gion of Honor Medal. Added to that list this year are all World War II Vet­er­ans who are now el­i­gi­ble for a cer­tifi­cate and a pin from the gov­ern­ment of Canada, and all World War II Vet­er­ans who helped in any way in the lib­er­a­tion of France who are also now el­i­gi­ble to re­ceive the French Le­gion of Honor Medal.

“When I met with the French Con­sulate ear­lier this year, I said ‘What about the Dieppe peo­ple? We lost about five thou­sand guys there’,” ex­plained Mr. Groulx. As luck would have it, the Pres­i­dent of France was in Mon­treal at the time and Mr. Groulx’s idea pos­si­bly reached his ears be­cause the cat­e­gory of Vet­er­ans for the pres­ti­gious French medal was soon widened. “Even the guy who was trans­ferred to Eng­land and spent the war filling the planes with bombs is now el­i­gi­ble for the French Le­gion of Honor Medal,” said Mr. Groulx.

“I’ve found eight more Korean vet­er­ans this year, and about four­teen World War II Vet­er­ans. I’m sup­posed to be cov­er­ing the East­ern Town­ships but I’m

Robert Groulx was MC for the 60th an­niver­sary of the Army, Navy and Air Force Vet­er­ans in Canada Unit # 318, in Len­noxville.

Com­rade John Ras­mussen Veteran. Seen in the back is the Red Guard of Honor from the Que­bec Ci­tadelle (22nd Reg­i­ment).

One of the Korean Vet­er­ans, Sarge Bamp­ton, re­ceiv­ing his cer­tifi­cate and medal from the Vet­er­ans’s Af­fair rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Marie-Eve Roy, on July 27th passed away in Oc­to­ber of this year.

Robert Groulx re­ceiv­ing the Lieu­tenant Gou­verneur du Québec medal at Cen­ten­nial The­atre, in Len­noxville, from the Hon­or­able Pierre Duch­esne.

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