Veterans Ride As Honorary Parade Marshals
Submitted by Captain Rick Dumas, The Loyal Edmonton Regiment.
On Friday 21 July, the annual K-Days Parade kicked off one of Edmonton’s biggest summer festivals with thousands of people lining the streets to take in the festivity. One of the themes included celebrating Canada’s 150th Anniversary and as a way to mark the occasion Second World War and Korean War Veterans were invited to be honorary parade marshals for this year’s event.
World War Two veteran, Mr. Bert Plowman, represents the best of his generation having fought at Ortona and the Liri Valley with The Loyal Edmonton Regiment. Korean War veterans include Mr. Jean-Pierre Van Eck – then serving with the Dutch Army, Mr. Gene Bince – an army medic, Mr. Ed Morley – 1 PPCLI and Mr. Lyle McIvor – fought with 2 PPCLI. Captain Richard Dumas and Master Corporal Lindsey Eckert were escorts to the Honorary Marshals.
Included in the parade were vintage military vehicles on behalf of the Military Vehicle Preservation Association. Compliments go out Mr. Jamie Melo who drove the 1943 Command Staff Car, Warrant Officer Dave Bergt (SALH) the Iltis driver and Mr. Sung Yoon the G Wagon driver.
Our veterans have fiercely upheld our values allowing us the freedoms we enjoy today while having a voice on the world stage. We all have so much to be grateful for as we celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.