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Monday, 1 September 2008

Long Weekend Dumpling: Who was Sam Steele ?

Some sights and thoughts from over the long weekend....

1. Who was Sam Steele ? While heading out to the 'burbs on Sunday I came across a small military parade. It was members of the Sir Sam Steele Legion marching from their branch on Salter to St. John's park to lay wreaths at their memorial.

The padre said that the question he gets asked the most is "who is Sir Sam Steele ?" and tied it to the importance of remembering our history and those that have gone before us. So....below is a bit of the history of Sir Sam Steele and pics from the parade !

Sir Sam Steele

Sir Samuel Benfield Steele (January 5, 1849 - January 30, 1919) was connected with many major events in Canadian history, stretching from the Fenian raids to the First World War. His actions as an officer of the North West Mounted Police (forerunner to the RCMP), particularly during the Klondike Gold Rush, helped form the mythical image of the Canadian Mountie that persists to this day. Continued here... or if you are more visually inclined, there is a Heritage Minute video !

Sir Sam Steele

Though he was born near Orillia, Ontario and died, (of influenza), in London, England in 1919, Steele was a Westerner and was buried at St. John's cemetery in Winnipeg.

The parade of August 31, 2008, (more photos of it can be found at my Flickr album of the event):

Sir Sam Steele Legion Branch 117 Wreath Laying Ceremony

Sir Sam Steele Legion Branch 117 Wreath Laying Ceremony

Sir Sam Steele Legion Branch 117 Wreath Laying Ceremony

Sir Sam Steele Legion Branch 117 Wreath Laying Ceremony

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