A bit of random this and a lot of random that and I had fodder for Act of Remembrance post.
A stop in a Saskatchewan small town for a driver’s license renewal. While my daughter was busy doing that I noted we were parked right in front of Davidson’s Cenotaph.
A new bypass road around a city and one slight no exit when we should have exited meant we weren’t going for the requested Subway lunch inside the city because that would have meant backtracking. Therefore we ended up in a small little Saskatchewan town getting lunch items so that the grandchildren didn’t starve. Right beside the grocery store was Milestone’s Cenotaph.
The third stop of the day was my hometown where I’m very well acquainted with the Cenotaph at the head of main Street. Today I noted how stalwart and impressive it looks. I must also duly note that it is always very well maintained (side note here that I will write a note to the town of Ogema to express my appreciation).
The fourth stop of the day landed us in another Saskatchewan small town (go figure) and although I’ve been there many many times in my life I had no idea where the Cenotaph was. It turns out neither did Google nor my mom. The first nurse I asked wasn’t from there. But the second nurse knew exactly where it was. Indeed I have definitely been down that street before but I must make note that Bengoughs’ is not a very imposing or well situated Cenotaph but I did find it.
During the internet search Google actually directed me to the Ogema Cenotaph as well as something called The Cenotaph Men. This seemed vaguely familiar and I clicked on the link. And there was the information that I’ve subconsciously required.
I’ve heard these names said every year on Remembrance Day from infancy till I left there at 18. But I never heard their stories and while I recognized last names I didn’t ask questions at that age.
Two local volunteers (both deceased now) worked diligently for a number of years to pull together all of the information for those that gave their lives from the Ogema region. And then working with “local boy who does well” and a media company they’ve uploaded this information and it’s now readily available for anyone who wants to find out who those soldiers were.
The work was hosted through the Deep South Pioneer Museum and the connections are all explained in a video staring non other than my child hood friend. It’s at the bottom of the page should you decide to go down the rabbit hole. https://deepsouthpioneermuseum.ca/
Because that’s what I’ve now done. I picked familiar names and read them aloud to my Mom. Then we pieced bits and pieces about who their family was that we knew. Now that I’ve finished my Mom visit and the blog I will probably disappear down the same hole and read a bit more about who these men where. For me this is an act of remembrance.