Meadow Park Chatham

(519) 351-1330 - 110 Sandys Street Chatham, Ontario

Remembrance Day Service 2014

Annually Meadow Park holds a Remembrance Day Service to pay tribute to the Veterans who live within our home and those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom.  This program is traditionally run by volunteers and is sponsored by the Meadow Park Auxiliary and the Members of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #465 of Merlin Ontario.

“This is a special day to honour our vets.  We are so happy to be here to honour our father and grandfather.” Staff member Kim Toulouse whose grandfather Doug Stuart is a resident in the home.

“We are very proud and honoured to offer an intergenerational program each year for our residents.  There is so much value in sharing the past and knowledge of our seniors with a younger generation.” Brenda Lucier Program Director.

The service is attended by residents, volunteers, families and Legion members.  A welcome was given by an Auxiliary member as well as a letter of greetings from the Prime Minister. 

The Master of Ceremonies led a very traditional program in which Legionnaires March on the Colours as well as the inclusion of the Last Post, a Moment of Silence and Act of Remembrance, Reveille, Benediction and a March off of the colours.

Each year there is student involvement from a local high school – UCC (The Pines).  Two students performed two musical duets while playing guitar – “Highway of Heros” by The Trews and “Imagine” by John Lennon. A special newspaper article was read to honor our resident Veteran Pte. Doug Stuart.  The service was concluded by reciting the poem “In Flanders Fields”. 

UPDATE ******** 

Staff at the home were able to locate the original story first posted in the Chatham Daily News, dated May 21st, 1945 retelling Pte. Doug Stuart's return from the war

Chatham Daily News

May 21, 1945

Chatham Man Returns Home on “Letitia”

By Mel Sutrin  
Canadian Press Staff Writer  
HALIFAX, May 21 (CP).  

It was cold and windy but the weather never looked better to the 743 battle scarred Canadian veterans of European and Italian campaigns who returned to Canada yesterday aboard the hospital ship Letitia.  

One of the largest to return to the Dominion at one time, the group represented practically every regiment in Canada, and included 17 R.C.A.F. officers and one naval rating.  

As the white hospital ship slid into the pier, blue-clad walking wounded crowded the rails to get their first glimpse of Canada. For many, it had been as long as five years. They had been held up in England by the announcement of V-E Day and left four days after. Few of the men took part in any celebrations but are all looking forward to making up for it when they are once again united with loved ones.   

A veteran of fighting in Holland and Germany, Pte. Doug Stuart of Chatham, Ontario was just four miles outside of Kleve when the air force leveled the town. “We were so close the bomb blasts at times our teeth rattled every time one landed.” He was in slit trench five feet deep when hit by an 83mm shell. “I had just dug the trench and was standing in it when the shell got me. Every time I think of it I get madder than hell.”  

Notes: “R.C.A.F. is Royal Canadian Air Force. “Pte” is Private.


Meadow Park Staff would like to collectively thank all of those who fought for our freedom and those who gave their lives for us. We remember.

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