Port aux Basques re­mem­bers

The Gulf News (Port aux Basques) - - Front Page - BY ROS­ALYN ROY Ros­[email protected] Twit­ter: @tyger­lylly

Since the weather failed to co­op­er­ate, for the sec­ond straight year the Re­mem­brance Day ser­vices in Port aux Basques were held at St. James Ele­men­tary School. De­spite the high winds, bit­ter cold and scat­tered show­ers, the gym­na­sium was packed tight for the cer­e­mony.

As he did last year, Rev. Clay­ton Bil­lard served as master of cer­e­monies and led at­ten­dees through the ser­vice and through the lay­ing of 45 wreaths.

One of those in at­ten­dance was Korean War vet­eran Bud Mur­phy, who served for al­most two years.

“I was in the Ar­moured Corps,” re­calls Mur­phy. “We had to do ev­ery­thing for the tanks then.”

That in­clud­ing load­ing the ar­tillery, main­te­nance and driv­ing.

Mur­phy jokes that when he wasn’t busy with that he liked “chas­ing the women over there.”

On a more somber note, the vet­eran ad­mits that for him Re­mem­brance Day cer­e­monies are very sad.

“We lost 533 United Na­tions troops over in Ko­rea,” he said.

This year the Cana­dian Rangers Chan­nel Pa­trol was also in at­ten­dance. The Rangers tend to ro­tate their Re­mem­brance Day cer­e­mony at­ten­dance around the re­gion they serve, and last year they at­tended ser­vices in Co­droy Val­ley.

“Our area of re­spon­si­bil­ity goes from La Poile up to St. David’s,” ex­plains Ranger Derek White, who hails from Co­droy Val­ley.

White joined the Chan­nel Pa­trol about 10 years ago, drawn to the Rangers largely be­cause of its wide range of out­door ac­tiv­i­ties.

“They do an aw­ful lot of sur­vival, nav­i­ga­tion of the land, they do search and res­cue,” says White. “Rangers are all around the out­side of Canada. We ring Canada. We’re ba­si­cally Canada’s fence, so I’m a fen­ce­post.”

White’s fam­ily has a his­tory of mil­i­tary ser­vice.

“My fa­ther went over­seas in the Sec­ond World War. I have fam­ily that’s buried at Beau­mont-Hamel,” he said. “I lost two un­cles in the Sec­ond World War. My son ( Christo­pher) served two tours in Bos­nia.”


Korean War vet­eran Bud Mur­phy.

Derek White is a mem­ber of the Cana­dian Rangers Chan­nel Pa­trol.

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