Long Sault a part of new me­mo­rial

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LONG SAULT — Free­dom is not free.

Students and vis­i­tors to the Longue Sault Pub­lic School’s Re­mem­brance Day cer­e­monies heard that sen­ti­ment and were in­tro­duced to the mon­u­ment honour­ing the lives lost dur­ing the Afghanistan war.

“I saw it for the first time a cou­ple of weeks ago in Kingston at a ben­e­fit game for the Por­traits of Hon­our,” said Keiren Kennedy, prin­ci­pal of the school. “I was taken aback by the de­tail.”

Kennedy said it was Kerri Tadeu who was be­hind the build­ing of the mo­bile mon­u­ment and said she was the “face of that me­mo­rial.”

“With­out her de­vo­tion from the start to fin­ish, this tena­cious woman, she wanted to make sure this project would hap­pen,” said Kennedy. “She wanted to make sure it was ac­ces­si­ble to our fam­i­lies and peo­ple would not have to go through a pile of red tape to have that dis­played at le­gions for dif­fer­ent events. That is what Kerri Tadeu is all about.”

The mon­u­ment was first un­veiled at the char­ity hockey game in Kingston with fallen soldier Capt. Matthew Dawe’s chil­dren, Lu­cas and James; and, Master Cpl. (ret’d) Collin Fitzger­ald’s daugh­ter Pey­ton in at­ten­dance.

“It was cold,” was Pey­ton’s first im­pres­sion of be­ing on the ice for the cer­e­mony. Pey­ton was hold­ing a por­trait of Capt. Ni­chola God­dard for the cer­e­mony. “Dad’s friend in war,” she said. “She was the first fe­male to be killed in Canada’s com­bat,” said Tadeu.

Pey­ton said she felt re­ally proud to have the hon­our of be­ing a part of the cer­e­mony and was re­ally proud of her dad as one of Canada’s most highly dec­o­rated war he­roes.

“The me­mo­rial was cre­ated by the peo­ple, for the peo­ple,” said Tadeu. “The me­mo­rial re­sides with Collin and I in Kingston, but it was meant to a mo­bile me­mo­rial. It’s meant to be in the front yard of the Legers (par­ents of Sgt. Marc Leger), whether they are sip­ping on cof­fee or hav­ing a gath­er­ing, or it’s meant to be in class­rooms, or it’s meant to be at le­gions or mil­i­tary events. It is meant to be shared and re­spected.

“The me­mo­rial came to be be­cause of Mr. Kennedy’s de­vo­tion to duty to hon­our and re­spect the mil­i­tary. Those that have served our coun­try and those that came home wounded, in­vis­i­ble or phys­i­cal in­juries. Be­cause of our in­volve­ment with this school, we rec­og­nized how im­por­tant it is for our youth, our fu­ture to re­ceive the ed­u­ca­tion that we re­ceived, specif­i­cally when Maj. Michelle Men­des was car­ried home as the 118th soldier from the Afghanistan war.”

Tadeu said she owed Kennedy a tremen­dous amount of re­spect for open­ing his arms to her and Fitzger­ald.

LOIS ANN BAKER/CORN­WALL STAN­DARD-FREEHOLDER

Kerri Tadeu, Matthew and Re­becca An­toine with the mon­u­ment made to hon­our the sol­diers that died as a re­sult of the Afghanistan War. The mo­bile mon­u­ment was on dis­play out­side of Longue Sault Pub­lic School for the Re­mem­brance Day cer­e­monies on Fri­day.

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