A New Home for Charlie

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    The bagpipes belt out a solemn tune at Memorial Park as around one hundred people stand with their heads down in remembrance.‘Charlie,’ a WWI statue of a soldier, stands atop a large monument at the southeast corner of Memorial Park commemorating those who fought in the First World War, as the City of Oshawa declares April 25, 2009 as Canadian Corps Association Day. This soldier finally has a permanent home. The ceremony also recognized the 75th Anniversary of the Canadian Corps Association, a veterans club dedicated to
    their members. Initially Charlie was in Toronto at the club’s headquarters, but since that area was downsizing he needed a new home.“We had to find the perfect home for Charlie,” says Gene Heesaker, the club’s national president, adding the statue’s name isn’t that of an actual soldier but an affectionate nickname he was given over the years.

    Mayor John Gray, Councillors John Henry, Nester Pidwerbecki, Robert Lutczyk, MP Dr. Colin Carrie and several other officials were on hand to show their support.“It’s an honour to accept this great monument,” says Mayor Gray.“It means a great deal to me that he has a permanent home,” adds Heesaker. “It’s a real pleasure to be here. Charlie is here
    forever and a day.”


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