Oxford shows tremendous remembrance support
I have a neighbour who has two sons. Corey Hansen is the eldest and someone with more talent than I can write about – even if I had a series of articles to do so.
I am always being enlightened by him and the things he has done or the things he is involved with.
He has gathered the components of a retired military uniform from the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion Airborne that he wears every Remembrance service.
Hansen did not just go out and buy a uniform, but gathered it one or two pieces at a time over a period of years - and there are no replica pieces, either. He is a member of Atlantic Canadian WW II Living History Association, and that is where he met Dave Crocker.
Crocker was the guest speaker at this year’s Remembrance Day supper at the Oxford Royal Canadian Legion Branch 36. Crocker is from Bedford and has accumulated a lot of memorabilia around our military. He brought a small sampling of that collection with him to create a display at our legion.
He had his father’s navy uniform, a nursing uniform complete with cape as well as two others and a lot of other memorabilia as well as a story board from a little girl named Ocean who lived and died (of Tay Sachs disease) on Grey Island, Newfoundland.
Hansen joined this association in Amherst some time ago and truly enjoys everything about it. A part of the reason he joined was his dreams of parachute jumping. So far, he has done three tandem jumps and wants to go again. He said it was exactly like his dream and so amazing. Apparently, there is nothing like it – and I will take his word for that.
The other son, Karl, is a talented photographer.
Remembrance Day saw a larger than usual crowd in attendance with 121 wreaths placed and dinner that evening was a packed house. It was great to see so many people out to keep the remembrance going. This world we live in would not be the same at all but for those who served.
Here we are into November and that means December is right around the corner. I don’t know about you, but I am not ready and I used to be so organized.
We had a working meeting here the other evening to plan the historical walking tour of the Oxford churches. We have been planning this for quite some time, but we needed to nail down the plans.
It is Dec. 16 and starts at 1 p.m. Tickets are available for $20 from any member of the walking club or the Oxford Historical Society. Lunch is at the Nazarene Church where we begin and dessert is at the Baptist Church at the finish. All five churches will present a short presentation of the history of their building.
The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal is finally getting around to refinishing the overpass here in Oxford and not a day too soon. That has been an awful piece of road for quite a while.
Now that the department has the old surface off I think they realize how bad it really was. There are potholes in the concrete. I’m looking forward to that being done.
We had a big rain and wind storm here not too long ago, but we were quite fortunate as nothing serious happened aside from a power outage. Maybe the ballfield dugout had a flip and some tree branches did a bit of damage, but I, personally, haven’t heard of anything serious or exciting.
I heard a rumour there is talk of replacing the rural community signs. Apparently, there are more than a few of us complaining. I wonder if they know where to put them as they certainly got the Jersey Road wrong. I guess we wait and see.
I said I was done talking about “the Hole” but I guess it still makes the news so I need to mention it too. Those who attended the meeting know this but seems others don’t, so here’s a reminder: sand does not maintain a perpendicular surface, it slides to an angle it is happy with, and it did that not long ago. And darn if it didn’t make ATV.
I think I have exhausted the knowledge I can share. Until next time.