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Monument upgrade long overdue according to Rose Blanche veteran

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A native of Rose Blanche feels updating the war memorial monument in the community is long overdue.

At 82-years-old, John Harris said the addition of 44 names to the monument is something he looks forward to seeing.

Harris grew up in Rose Blanche and enlisted in the Navy at 17 years old, leaving home for Quebec.

Part of his duty included four years during the Korean War serving as a Navy seaman on patrol in Canadian waters.

His father, Ward Harris, served for the British Navy during the First World War and his brother, Reginald Harris served with the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War.

Harris isn’t sure if the three men will have their names added to the monument. He says it is unfortunate he won’t make it for the rededication service happening on Aug. 7.

However, as part of this trip back home to Newfoundland, he will be able to see the monument before returning to Halifax.

Project coordinator Winston Dominie offered the veteran the opportunity to lay a wreath at the ceremony.

Harris feels that would have been a great honour despite the dates of his trip not lining up for the unveiling of the restored monument.

chantelle.macisaac@gulfnews.ca

 

At 82-years-old, John Harris said the addition of 44 names to the monument is something he looks forward to seeing.

Harris grew up in Rose Blanche and enlisted in the Navy at 17 years old, leaving home for Quebec.

Part of his duty included four years during the Korean War serving as a Navy seaman on patrol in Canadian waters.

His father, Ward Harris, served for the British Navy during the First World War and his brother, Reginald Harris served with the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War.

Harris isn’t sure if the three men will have their names added to the monument. He says it is unfortunate he won’t make it for the rededication service happening on Aug. 7.

However, as part of this trip back home to Newfoundland, he will be able to see the monument before returning to Halifax.

Project coordinator Winston Dominie offered the veteran the opportunity to lay a wreath at the ceremony.

Harris feels that would have been a great honour despite the dates of his trip not lining up for the unveiling of the restored monument.

chantelle.macisaac@gulfnews.ca

 

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