VPI MEMORIAL SERVICE
14 OCTOBER 2001
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
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 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
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!
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.
"VP International Memorial Service"