Students honour Roseisle?s war dead on Canada Day

The Valley Leader ? Thursday, July 10, 2014 15 Emily Distefano The Vally Leader

Research project brings history to life for local young people

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War and the community of Roseislehonoured their war dead with an intergenerational research project and the creation of a new section in the Roseisle Memorial Rose Garden dedicated specifically to the community?s eight fallen World War I soldiers. A dedication ceremony was held on Canada Day, as both the finished research projects and garden plot were unveiled. Idea ?takes wings? Grant Gillingham first came up with the idea of planting roses for each of the fallen soldiers after last year?s Remembrance Day service. ?He thought of it and he shared it with Ina [Bramadat] and if you share an idea with Ina it takes wings,? said his wife, and one of the main organizers of the project, Diane Gillingham. Local students got involved with the project in February, each adopting one of the eight fallen soldiers as their own and finding out everything they could about their lives, service and deaths. ?We just asked and found students who were willing to do it and parents who were willing to support that,? said Gillingham. ?They really didn?t have a lot of time to do it. It was a lot of work, but most of them are very computer savvy.? The Carman-Dufferin Municipal Heritage Advisory Council was heavily involved, with members Ina Bramadat and Shirley Snider acting as research advisors. ?The resources that the students had were mostly the Canadian Archives online, and Ina and Shirley because they?ve been doing a lot of research,? said Gillingham. ?Most of it was through the virtual war memorial, different websites.?

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on page 16 Got a news, feature or sports tip for a story that our readers may find interesting? E-mail us at gene.still@sunmedia.ca or call 204-745-2051 The students learned details about their soldier?s families, war careers, and even the exact location of some of the graves. ?They can narrow it down to exactly the area of the cemetery,? said Gillingham. Living history ?I think it?s given them an appreciation that there?s more to history than a bunch of dates,? said Bramadat. ?Every November 11th, we?ve always had young folks who read the list of our war dead and I thought, they don?t have any idea who these people are - that they were young folks who came out of this community, that they had families here. It?s at least two generations removed, I think, from any awareness of the families or of the people.? ?It became living history for them,? she added, talking about the students who participated. ?I think you could just see today their excitement.? Grade 5 student Kelsey Murphy said she thought it was important to remember the soldiers who died for our country. ?And it?s information, so it?s pretty interesting,? she added. She learned that her soldier?s mother was the first person to live in her (Kelsey?s) grandmother?s house in Roseisle. But she said the most interesting thing she learned was that the soldiers ?just had to do so much stuff to have a free country.? Fifteen-year old Blaine Huston agreed that the most interesting part of the experience was ?to learn more about the soldiers that tried to make our country a better country.?

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Emily Distefano, The Valley Leader Top: Blaine Huston poses with his soldier, Arthur Cook?s, niece Elva Savage. Right: Aurthur Cook ?I learned that they had to do a lot of dirty work and a lot of stuff that maybe they didn?t want to do, but just did it to help us,? he said. And he was especially excited because he got to meet the niece of his soldier, Arthur Cook, at the event. Finding family members Bramadat said that they had been trying for months - unsuccessfully - to locate any of Arthur Cook?s family. They especially wanted a picture of the man, who went to war at 23 and died at 25. Carman resident Elva Savage happened to see an article about the event in the Valley

Thank You Thank You

THE 2014 GRADUATING CLASS OF CARMAN COLLEGIATE WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE FOLLOWING BUSINESSES AND INDIVIDUALS FOR THEIR GENEROSITY IN DONATING CASH, PRIZES OR SERVICES TO MAKE THE SAFE GRAD A VERY MEMORABLE EVENT. Carman Dufferin Rec Commission,Carman Ford Sales,Carman Legion No. 18, C.I.B.C., Carman Motor Inn, Empower Promotions (Carman Sports Store), Janzen?s G.M.C., Chicken Chef, Syl?s, Piston Ring Service, Sperling Industries, Avenue Tan, McGees Restaurant, Monsanto, Vanderveen?s Greenhouses, Lite Stop Foods, Joann Tkachyk, Cheryl & Barrie Fraser,Cathy Sandercock (Stella Dot),Babcock Naturals? And All Others That We May Have Inadvertently Missed. Big thank you to Carman Co-op Food Store and Gas Bar for their generous help with hot dog sale/carwash fundraiser, use of barbeque and donations. Also special thank you to the carman kinsmen for providing volunteer drivers for our safe grad event. Thanks also to all the committee members and parent volunteers that worked so hard to make the safe grad a success.

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