BC Heritage Award
The Vancouver Artillery Association and our detachment the 85VICS have been honoured with a BC Heritage Award for the work with Yorke Island. The award is presented under the Heritage Planning and Management category with an Honour for the Yorke Island Conservancy Heritage Conservation Plan and a Recognition for the BC Parks Cultural Heritage Handbook. Well done!
Dear Vancouver Gunners,
My name is Joon Sohn and I am from student-led organization Hold High the Torch at École Salish Secondary. We are hosting a Veterans Appreciation Luncheon on Saturday May 11, 2019, 11:00am - 2:00pm at École Salish Secondary (7278 184 St, Surrey, BC V4N 5V2).
We want to honour our local veterans, active-duty military personnel and their spouses/caretakers by treating them to a complimentary lunch with great food, activities, prizes, and live entertainment provided by Pat Chessell. The Keynote Speaker will be The Honourable Yonah Martin, Senator from BC. It is a grateful opportunity for Surrey/Langley/Delta residents to show our appreciation for those who served our nation and fought for our freedoms. Attached is an invite flyer.
We are asking for your help to promote this event among local veterans & military personnel who are associated with your organization. We understand many of our older veterans aren’t online, so if you could simply provide us the names and phone numbers of those who are interested in attending - that would be amazing. They are welcome to phone (778) 388-4746 as well. If they would like to register online, please visit EventBrite - cloverdaleveteransappreciationluncheon.eventbrite.ca.
Hold High the Torch Team
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Bombardier Edward Hayes Smith, MM enrolled in the 68th Overseas Depot Battery, Canadian Field Artillery in Vancouver during the First World War. He went on to serve in the 2nd Canadian Siege Battery where he was awarded the Military Medal for Bravery in the Field and was killed in action on 5 September 1919. Lest we forget.
The Regimental Sergeants Major portrait wall project is moving ahead with the sponsorship of Brigade Sergeant Major Purdy by Mr. John Redmond. Thanks John! Next on the list is our Second World War Sergeant Major, Warrant Officer ClassI Robert Watson. Of course you don't have to sponsor in this specific order. Let me know If there is one of the RSMs featured on this wall that you feel a certain affinity towards and you can sponsor him!
Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel Don Foster has provided some additional information on the D-Day Commemoration event. Check out the story here...
Kwantlen Polytechnic University
The Regimental Band joined the talented KPU Wind Symphony to play the first set of their Spring concert at the KPU Music Department, Kwantlen Polytechnic University on 29 March 2019. See more here....
Warrant Officer Class I Hernert Hankins has been sponsored by Sgt (ret'd) Tony Gee. Warrant Officer Willard Purdy EM is the next one up for bid! $40.00 allows you to support our heritage. Check out the project page here.
Battery Sergeant Major George Chow was at the CN station for a D-Day commemoration. Check out the 2019 Yearbook for more photos
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