TRURO - Second World War flying ace and former Truro resident Hamilton Charles Deryk Upton will get the recognition he deserves, but not at the new park near the Salmon River Bridge in Truro.
Upton, a Royal Air Force and Royal Canadian Air Force fighter pilot who shot down 10 German planes, while also helping shoot down another, will be honoured at his gravesite at the Truro Cemetery after controversy erupted when Truro Mayor Bill Mills proposed a plaque be dedicated in his honour at the park, which would be called Veteran's Memorial Park.
Currently, Upton's grave has no information stating his accomplishments, including earning the distinguished Flying Cross, among other medals.
"I attempted to correct a wrong," Mills said following Truro Town Council's monthly meeting Monday. "This gentleman is buried on Robie Street with a simple headstone with his name and that's it. These issues are extremely volatile and people get upset quite quick."
The ceremony will include adding a new headstone to his grave outlining his heroic accomplishments. Upton was born in England in 1912 and lived in Truro after the war, working at CKCL Radio.
"That hopefully will deal with that issue," Mills said.
The proposed Veteran's Memorial Park name is also being dropped.
Council also passed a motion Monday to help resolve issues with the Truro Cenotaph concerning Truro's Korean War veterans over to the Heritage Advisory Board.
Veterans of the conflict, which ran from 1950 to 1953 between North Korea and the United Nations including Canada, recently voiced concerns over the names of their fallen friends having been placed under other categories on the cenotaph.
New plaques will be placed on the site to recognize veterans specifically as Korean War veterans.