Bass River announces start of activities at Veterans Memorial Park

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The Veterans Memorial Park in Bass River will soon begin this year’s celebrations and services.

During the month of April, cleanup will begin to take place depending on the weather.

On Apr. 28, beginning at 7 p.m., there will be the Holocaust Remembrance Service, dedicated to the millions lost during this time. There will be the reading of six stories, then the lighting of six candles, each one representing millions killed during the Holocaust. Following the ceremony there will be a reception at the Bass River Fire Hall.

On June 7 there will be the celebration of the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers. As one of only five places in the world to host such an event, Canada’s veterans, serving military and RCMP will begin the event with a motorcycle parade leaving the local plaza and driving to the park. Next will be the marching parade led by the RCMP Pipes and Drums and Sgt/Maj. Gary Latour, leaving the junior high and heading to the park.

All groups, associations and veterans are invited to take part in either parade.

One of the key policies of the park committee is to ensure the public will always remember the men and women who give so much during their service, both military and police, and this year Norman Leach will attend as a special guest. An award winning author and historian, Leach specializes in Canadian military history and has written such books as Broken Arrow, Canadian Battles, Peacekeepers, and the well-known Passchendaele. His visit will include a short address during the service and a more in-depth address at the reception that follows.

Anyone looking for more information regarding either of these services can contact the park committee at

Organizations: RCMP, Holocaust Remembrance Service

Geographic location: Bass River, Veterans Memorial Park, Canada Broken Arrow

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