Monday, 4 November 2013

2013 Remembrance Week tours of Brookside Cemetery

The city is again hosting guided tours of the military section of Brookside Cemetery from November 4 to 8. Brookside is located at 3001 Notre Dame, just west of Red River College.

Brookside's Military Field of Honour opened in 1915 and is one of the largest and oldest military internment sites in Canada with 12,000 service men, women and their immediate family members. 

A number of notable figures in Manitoba's history have been laid to rest there:

Captain Frederick J. Stevenson: A Manitoba aviation pioneer, Winnipeg's first airport was named Stevenson Field in his honour.

Major Harry Colebourn. The Winnipeg veterinarian was decorated with an O.B.E. for his service with the Fort Garry Horse and Canadian Army Veterinary Corps but will always be best remembered for his one-time companion Winnie the bear.

Sargent Tommy Prince served with the elite Devil's Brigade and is Canada's most decorated Aboriginal soldier. 

This is the 2012 Remembrance Poster, a favourite of mine, that you can still download here. The 2013 poster can be downloaded here or pick up a copy at the Veterans' Affairs office in the City Place building on Donald Street. 

For more Remembrance events around Manitoba.

Remembrance Day resources can be found at lVeterans Affairs Canada, The Memory Project and Manitobia.ca  Also, check out my gallery of Manitoba War memorials, or this slide show version.

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