It’s a mov­ing trib­ute to war vet­er­ans

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The Brant­ford fire depart­ment is help­ing hon­our those who served in the First World War and cel­e­brat­ing the 100th an­niver­sary of the ar­mistice that ended the war.

Pho­to­graphs of 22 lo­cal vet­er­ans – 11 of whom died and an­other 11 who sur­vived the Great War – have been placed on a fire truck.

The truck also fea­tures images of the Vimy Memo­rial, the Brant­ford ar­mouries and sol­diers go­ing over the top of a trench into bat­tle.

“We’re proud to join fel­low Cana­di­ans in pay­ing trib­ute to our vet­er­ans,” Chief Shane Caskanette said.

“We re­mem­ber, with deep re­spect and im­mense grat­i­tude, those who have served our na­tion and how mean­ing­ful their sac­ri­fices are to our com­mu­nity and

The his­tory of the fire depart­ment and the mil­i­tary is very much en­twined.” Fire Chief Shane Caskanette

our way of life.”

The spe­cial de­sign was put to­gether by the City of Brant­ford in part­ner­ship with the Great War Cen­te­nary As­so­ci­a­tion in prepa­ra­tion for this year’s Re­mem­brance Day. The de­sign was cre­ated by Street­seen Me­dia with help from Shawn Cavin, of the fire depart­ment’s fleet and fa­cil­ity sec­tion and in­stalled by Bart Moskala over two days.

The image also in­cludes the 32nd Bat­tery, the Cana­dian Ex­pe­di­tionary Force 125th Bat­tal­ion and Brant­ford Mu­ni­tions Women Work­ers.

“The graphic is de­signed to hon­our the ser­vice and sac­ri­fices made by ev­ery­one serv­ing in our mil­i­tary with a fo­cus on Brant­ford, Brant County and Six Na­tions of the Grand River,” Caskanette said.

“The his­tory of the fire depart­ment and the mil­i­tary is very much en­twined.

“A num­ber of our mem­bers are vet­er­ans who served Canada in the mil­i­tary and we’re proud to hon­our them and all vet­er­ans this Re­mem­brance Day.”

The fire truck will be on dis­play: • On Sat­ur­day from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Brant County War Memo­rial from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. dur­ing the cadet vigil; • And on Sun­day from 4:45 a.m. to 5:30 a.m.at the war memo­rial dur­ing the piper’s la­ment, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Grace Angli­can Church, 10:30 a.m. to noon dur­ing the Re­mem­brance Day ser­vice at the war memo­rial, and at war memo­rial from 4:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. dur­ing the ring­ing of the Bells of Peace.

The fire truck can also be viewed at Fire Sta­tion No. 1 at 60 Clarence St.

Lo­cal ser­vice clubs can re­quest the truck for spe­cial events.

The trib­ute was made pos­si­ble through the spon­sor­ship of sev­eral or­ga­ni­za­tions, in­clud­ing the Brant­ford Pro­fes­sional Fire Fighters As­so­ci­a­tion, Car­rier Cen­ters Emer­gency Ve­hi­cles, Task Force Tips Fire­fight­ing Equip­ment, Safetek Fire Trucks, Wurth and Street­seen Me­dia.

BRIAN THOMP­SON/THE EX­POS­I­TOR

Brant­ford fire Chief Shane Caskanette (left), Deputy Chief Todd Bink­ley and Shawn Cavin, head of the me­chan­i­cal divi­sion, ad­mire Pumper/Res­cue No. 911, which has been decked out in a graphic wrap pay­ing trib­ute to sol­diers who fought in the First World War.

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