Sunday, 19 Aug 2007 (14 photos)

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Sunday morning, cool, wet and quiet (VACSTC, F. Arseneault)

 

Coutts Common, a light rain (VACSTC, F. Arseneault)

 

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Where just a 24 hours earlier cadets gathered on Sicily Square to board busses, now just quiet (VACSTC, F. Arseneault)

 

A forgotten beret lies on the edge of the square (VACSTC, F. Arseneault)

 

Barracks empty and locked (VACSTC, F. Arseneault)

 

Sangro Ave, deserted  (VACSTC, F. Arseneault)

 

Dieppe Square... silent  (VACSTC, F. Arseneault)

 

The sports field, home to seagulls once again (VACSTC, F. Arseneault)

 

The mini confidence course will receive care and attention before reopening next summer (VACSTC, F. Arseneault)

 

The two-weekie lines, peaceful (VACSTC, F. Arseneault)

 

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A quiet G20, where a loud and happy cadet dance was held just a week earlier once again will be used for stores and training over the winter (VACSTC, F. Arseneault)

until next year... goodbye

 

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Battalion dispersed


Today's weather: Max Temp.  17c  Min Temp.  12c light rain, clearing in late afternoon


This day in Canadian Military History - 

19 August 1942
Battle of Dieppe. The raid on the French port by the 2nd Canadian Infantry Division is a disaster from the beginning, with tanks getting stuck on the pebbled beach and the infantry being pinned down along the seawall of the resort town. Of the 4963 Canadians who go ashore today, 2211 return to Britain after the assault is called off. The rest are either killed or marched off into prisoner-of-war camps.

Vernon's main parade square was built in the mid 1950s and was named Dieppe Square in honour of those men of Aug 19, 1942.

 

19 August 2006

On the night of August 19, 2006, Major Michael Wright of Alpha Company, Task Force Afghanistan, demonstrated outstanding courage and exceptional leadership in combat. Directed to move to the Panjwayi District Centre to enhance security, his troops were rapidly engaged and encircled by a significantly larger enemy force. Under intense fire from small arms and rocket-propelled grenades coming from all directions, he refused reinforcements for safety reasons and led his embattled force to outmanoeuvre the enemy, inflicting serious enemy casualties. His courage and his leadership led to the defeat of a much larger enemy force without a single Canadian Forces casualty. Major Wright will later be awarded the Military Medal of Valour for his gallant actions.