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Retired colonel to serve as reviewing officer on Remembrance Day in Truro

Col. John Boileau
Col. John Boileau - Contributed


Canadian Army Colonel (Ret’d) John Boileau is to serve as reviewing officer during the upcoming Remembrance Day parade in Truro.

The ceremonies will be conducted Sunday morning at the Truro cenotaph.

Boileau, who served in a variety of commands during his 37-year military career, will also be guest speaker at Truro legion Branch 26 following the Remembrance ceremonies.

Now a resident of Glen Margaret, N.S., Boileau retired n 1999 after serving across Canada and in the United States, as well as the United Kingdom, Germany and Cypress in various command, staff and training appointments.

During his last five years of service, he was Military Attaché to the Canadian High Commission in London, England and was accredited as Canada’s first Military Attaché to the Republic of Ireland.

Following his retirement, Boileau began a second career as a writer, during which time he authored more than 500 magazine and newspaper articles and 13 books of historical non-fiction.

He currently serves as governor and past chairman of the Nova Scotia Division of the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires and is a director or member of several volunteer organizations.

Boileau is recipient of both the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and a Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia Vice-Regal Commendation for his contributions to the history and heritage of the province.

The topic during his presentation to the Truro legion will be Canada’s Merchant Navy, which is often referred to as “the men who saved the world.”

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