Crowds cheer in Carbonear

Olympic torch winds its way around the bay


As the sun cracked the hori­zon over Con­cep­tion Bay Satur­day morn­ing the Olympic torch was beginning its CBN re­lay in Carbonear.

Res­i­dents lined Wa­ter Street and waved minia­ture Cana­dian and Olympic flags handed out by the re­lay’s ad­vance team. They cheered as the torch made its way up the street just af­ter 7 a.m., kick­ing off Day 16 of the Olympic Torch Re­lay.

While run­ner Ros­alie Rus­sell of Har­bour Grace awaited her turn with the Olympic flame, ex­cited res­i­dents snapped pic­tures with her and her un­lit torch, in­clud­ing young Meghan Lehr.

“I just re­ally wanted to see the torch,” she said. “It’s re­ally im­por­tant and it’s cool. I re­ally like it.”

Run­ner Roy Chiu of Toronto touched his torch to Rus­sell’s and the two re­lay team mem­bers posed with the sun­rise over Carbonear har­bour in the back­ground while res­i­dents cheered and took pic­tures.

As Rus­sell took the torch on its way along Wa­ter Street, Chiu, who said car­ry­ing the torch was the thrill of a life­time, said he was en­joy­ing his first time in New­found­land.

“It’s very good. I like the place. It’s very out­door. I love the sight­see­ing,” he said.

Carol Haire of Carbonear was ex­cited to bring her fam­ily to see the torch pass by.

“It’s great. I got the kids out of bed this morn­ing,” she said, and then, as her son com­plained he was freez­ing, said it was “ hot chocolate time.”

The air was a lit­tle warmer by the time the torch made it to Cupids an hour and a half later, hav­ing passed through Har­bour Grace, Spa­niard’s Bay, Bay Roberts and Clarke’s Beach.

A mon­u­ment bear­ing the names of 10 sol­diers from the Con­cep­tion Bay North area who made the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice in the First, Sec­ond and Korean wars was of­fi­cially ded­i­cated in Marys­vale last week.

The ceno­taph, lo­cated on the com­mu­nity’s Her­itage grounds, is the first of its kind in the town.

“ This is our way of pay­ing trib­ute to 10 young sol­diers from Marys­vale and Ge­orge­town who died while serv­ing their coun­try. It’s our way of say­ing how grate­ful we are and that we’ll al­ways re­mem­ber them,” said Hope Hed­der­son who em­ceed the un­veil­ing.

The mon­u­ment bears the names of World War 1 sol­diers James Mo­ri­ar­ity, John Mo­ri­ar­ity, Pa­trick Ryan, Joseph Bartlett, Ge­orge Youden, Thomas Youden and World War 2 sol­diers Michael Ryan, Michael Power and William Shea.

It also dis­plays the name of Korean sol­dier Thomas Hed­der­son, the older brother of Tom Hed­der­son Har­bour Main MHA and min­is­ter of Fisheries. Hed­der­son, along with Rod­ney Mercer, pres­i­dent of the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion, Branch 65, Bri­gus, un­veiled the new war memo­rial just in time for the an­nual Nov. 11 Re­mem­brance Day cer­e­monies.

The fisheries min­is­ter’s older brother died in the Korean War 56 years ago. One year later Hed­der­son was born and given his name.

In an in­ter­view with The Tele­gram last week Hed­der­son said “I wasn’t a re­place­ment for him, don’t get me wrong, but of course I guess in his mem­ory I was named Thomas Joseph as his name was Thomas Joseph,” Hed­der­son said adding that Tom Sr. loomed large in his life.

“ Obliv­i­ously I never met my brother, but I heard sto­ries about him. He was a very strong man, a tall man. Ev­i­dently he was a sharp shooter with a very keen eye.”

The older Tom was the el­dest of 19 chil­dren; the fisheries min­is­ter was the youngest. Hed­der­son said his brother was in a val­ley in Korea,

forces and at­tacked. His body is buried in Korea, but his name is now dis­played on the mon­u­ment in Marys­vale, where the elder Tom was born and raised.

Hed­der­son said be­ing able to lay a wreath on the mon­u­ment bear­ing his brother’s name made the event more mean­ing­ful.

Ac­cord­ing to Bride Power, chair­woman of the Turks Gut Her­itage Con­ser­va­tion, construction to the memo­rial be­gan this past July and wound up a few weeks ago

“ This mon­u­ment has been a long time com­ing,” says Power. “ We, (mem­bers of the Turks Gut Her­itage Con­ser­va­tion com­mit­tee) al­ways said once we got in­cor­po­rated con­struct­ing a memo­rial would be one of the first things we would do for the peo­ple in the com­mu­nity. When driv­ing through other com­mu­ni­ties and towns I al­ways no­ticed their war memo­ri­als and felt it was a won­der­ful way to ac­knowl­edge and show re­spect to the sol­diers who fought in past wars. I felt the men of Marys­vale and Ge­orge­town de­served to be shown that same recog­ni­tion and re­spect. Th­ese are all young men that went to war and never came back, many of them still have rel­a­tives liv­ing in the area.”

Fol­low­ing the un­veil­ing hun­dreds of peo­ple showed up in Marys­vale to see the first wreaths be­ing placed dur­ing the Re­mem­brance Day cer­e­mony.

“I was so pleased with the num­ber of peo­ple who came out for the event,” said Power. “I was re­ally ner­vous that not many peo­ple would at­tend, but I was wrong. There were lots of or­ga­ni­za­tions and plenty of young peo­ple present which re­ally made it all mean­ing­ful. I was also wor­ried about the weather con­di­tions too, but it was per­fect, even the wind co­op­er­ated. It wasn’t too windy, just enough of a breeze to keep the flags flow­ing. It was all so colour­ful.”

Roy Chiu lights the flame of fel­low torch­bearer Ros­alie Rus­sell of Har­bour Grace on Satur­day morn­ing in Carbonear.

MacEACHERN/The Com­pass


NEW MON­U­MENT-Tom Hed­der­son Har­bour Main MHA and Rod­ney Mercer, pres­i­dent of the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion, Branch 65, Bri­gus, un­veil a new war memo­rial Nov. 11 in Marys­vale.

AT­TEN­TION! - Many com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions at­tended the un­veil­ing of a new war memo­rial in Marys­vale Nov. 11. The event paid trib­ute to 10 sol­diers in the area who made the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice.

RE­MEM­BER­ING - Bride Power, cen­tre, her daugh­ter An­nette Power and grand­son Lu­cas Power pay their re­spects to sol­diers from the Con­cep­tion Bay North area who fought in the First, Sec­ond and Korean Wars.

Photo cour­tesy of Den­nis Flynn

PAY­ING RE­SPECT - A group of sea cadets from the Effie M. Mor­ris­sey in Bri­gus take their place dur­ing the first an­nual Re­mem­brance Day cel­e­bra­tion and wreath lay­ing cer­e­mony in Marys­vale.

Photo cour­tesy of Den­nis Flynn


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