Sunday, 26 September 2010

Family History Revisited

Yesterday we were in North Battleford and Alisdair and I took part in the "Battlefords Right-To-Life" annual walk. The cemetery where they have their monument to the unborn is also the one where Alisdair's Great Grandfather, Colin Henry Ramsay was buried in the Veterans Section. My Grandpa Ramsay died on my 9th birthday (August 12, 1971) while we were living in British Columbia so Mum and Dad attended the funeral while we stayed home with relatives. Grandpa Ramsay was wounded in the arm during World War I and Dad still has the actual bullet the surgeons removed from this injury.

For many many years his grave was unmarked as the family had not made provisions for a marker prior to splitting up the estate. When we learned about the Royal Canadian Legion's "Last Post Fund" we made an application to have a proper stone erected (the Legion provides these free of charge to the family but often there is a bit of a wait for funding to become available), so the organization had this marker put up a few years ago.

After much searching Alisdair and I eventually found the grave, (all the veteran markers are similar -- some with maple leaves at the top, regiment insignias or crosses).

"Lest we forget!"

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