Remembrance Day 2019 at Port Arthur Rotary

Pictured are the key participants today (L to R): Our thanks to all: President Rod Morrison, Don Smith (Veteran), Lieutenant-Colonel David Ratz, Dr. Michel Beaulieu, Past-President Brenda Winter (who introduced our speaker), and Veteran M.O. Nelson who read
Pictured are the key participants today (L to R): Our thanks to all: President Rod Morrison, Don Smith (Veteran), Lieutenant-Colonel David Ratz, Dr. Michel Beaulieu, Past-President Brenda Winter (who introduced our speaker), and Veteran M.O. Nelson who read "In Flanders Field." — with David Ratz and Michel S. Beaulieu.

THUNDER BAY – At the Port Arthur Rotary Club, today’s Remembrance Day Service was highlighted by the return to the podium of Dr. Michel Beaulieu, Professor and Assistant Vice-Provost (Academic), Lakehead University. His topic specifically was: “World War 2 and the Anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands”: another great history lesson from an accomplished historian-story teller, keen on preserving what happened and what it means in our present and future.

The impact of the numerous individuals from our area who enlisted and/or participated in the WW2 effort was a stark reminder of their sacrifice. The detail thereafter on the liberation of the Netherlands in the Battle of Scheldt was an interesting and gratifying history.

A solemn opening to the day with last post, rouse (thanks to Kevin Holloway) and reading of “In Flanders Field” (M.O. Nelson) set the stage for Dr. Beaulieu. Michel was also accompanied by Lieutenant-Colonel David Ratz, Commanding Officer of the Lake Superior Scottish Regiment (our main contributor to the war effort), who has also presented here in the past.