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VPI MEMORIAL SERVICE
14 OCTOBER 2001
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On Sunday, 14 October 2001 the 4th annual VP International Memorial service took place in front of the VPI Memorial. Over 100 attended this years ceremony that also included the addition of 107 names of USN casualties from aircraft accidents between 1948 - 1966 into the Book of Remembrance. Also remembered were the 6 USN VP Aviators who died in the attack on the Pentagon on 9 September 2001. Special visitors who also participated were RAdm PD Smith, USN (Ret'd)  and AVCM Harry Parsons, USN (Ret'd).

The service began with VPI President, Major Bert Campbell welcoming participants and reading the names of the 6 VP aviators who were killed in the attack on the Pentagon. Colonel Gerry Morey, Wing Commander 14 Wing then LastPost.jpg (89275 bytes)addressed the service. This was followed by Major Norn Donovan, CAF (Ret'd) presenting the Book of Remembrance into which the 107 names were inducted. The Last Post was played by Capt Daniel Desrochers. During the Minute of Silence, 4 Silver Star jets flew overhead breaking into the missing man formation. Captain Carl French then piped the Lament followed by the Reveille performed by Capt Desrochers. Padre Marshall then delivered the Act of Remembrance...Let us remember before God, and commend to His sure keeping: those who have died for their country in war, in peacekeeping, and all who have lived and died in the service of mankind. They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them, not the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning we shall remember them!
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Wreaths were laid on behalf of the 13 countries represented in the Book of Remembrance. During this time a CP140 Aurora flew by the memorial. This was followed by Rear Admiral Phillip D. Smith, USN (Ret'd) with closing remarks including his thanks to Norm Donovan for preparing and maintaining the Book of Remembrance.

Special thanks to Colonel Herb Smale, CAF (Ret'd) who again acted as the Master of Cermonies and to the 14 Wing Band under the direction of Sergeant Lew Jessome. Ushers were provided by the 517 Air Cadet Squadron. Our thanks to the many other people whose support and assistance is truly appreciated.


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