Chatham man holds restau­rant vigil for MIA Cana­di­ans

The Chatham Daily News - - NEWS - TOM MOR­RI­SON

A Cana­dian Viet­nam War vet­eran is try­ing to raise aware­ness for all Cana­dian prison­ers of war and those miss­ing in ac­tion.

Bob Milne, the founder and pres­i­dent of Prison­ers of War-Miss­ing in Ac­tion Canada-All Wars, staged a vigil at Shep­herd’s Way Inn in down­town Chatham on Nov. 7.

He re­served a ta­ble for one at the restau­rant as a place­holder for any Cana­dian miss­ing in ac­tion upon their re­turn.

“I have to let peo­ple know that we’re here and we can­not be for­got­ten,” the Chatham man said. “Not me, but them, the ones that have not re­turned. They are the ones that can­not be for­got­ten and we stand a vigil here in Canada for those who haven’t re­turned.”

Milne, who said he served in the Royal Cana­dian Navy from 1956 to 1959 and in the U.S Army in Viet­nam from 1967-1970, said he re­serves a ta­ble ev­ery year at dif­fer­ent restau­rants.

He said he hopes the event will raise aware­ness for Cana­dian vet­er­ans who have gone miss­ing in any war.

“Any­thing I can do for vet­er­ans, I’ll do it. It doesn’t mat­ter what it is, I’ll do it,” he said.

“I re­ally want the pub­lic to re­al­ize ex­actly what the vet­er­ans have done to pro­tect their coun­try, as well as other coun­tries with­out any hes­i­ta­tion. A lot of guys have done the supreme sac­ri­fice of their lives, to keep free­dom go­ing in th­ese coun­tries.”

The 79-year-old said, es­pe­cially close to Re­mem­brance Day, peo­ple should never for­get vet­er­ans be­cause “they’re the ones that give you the free­dom that you have here in Canada.”

TOM MOR­RI­SON/POST­MEDIA NEWS

Bob Milne, founder and pres­i­dent of Prison­ers of War-Miss­ing in Ac­tion Canada-All Wars, and Teresa Nadeau, op­er­a­tor of Shep­herd's Way Inn, are shown in the down­town Chatham restau­rant on Wed­nes­day. The ta­ble was re­served for one as a vigil for any Cana­dian miss­ing in ac­tion.

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