Memorial Cup in London keeps focus on veterans

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Memorial Cup organizers have been ensuring that the veterans continue to be front and centre.

From bringing in a military helicopter to Wolseley Barracks to transport the Cup, to ceremonies and puck drops at all the hockey games, thinking about the sacrifice men and women have made to serve our country is top of mind.

Here’s my first blog for CTV London about an 88-year-old Navy vet who spoke at the Barracks ceremony after the Cup arrived.

Are  you taking in any of the Memorial Cup action either inside or outside the arena?


3 thoughts on “Memorial Cup in London keeps focus on veterans

  1. But let us remember that this trophy was created by a CEF war veteran, a “Returned Soldier”, as a memorial to keep fresh the identities of those sportsmen, hockeyists who volunteered in 1914-18 for the Canadian Expeditionary Force overseas and never returned home – the “Fallen”. Such a loss to the sporting world…
    This is is quite different from giving respect and support today to those professional ex-service men and women of the 21st century who have survived their tours overseas and their time in the military, and have the needs of the living.
    – Certainly a different effect on the homes of Canada…so many young men, sons, fiances, who would never return able to establish their own families to carry on their name – remembered so often just as a “great uncle”, not a direct ancestor. The supreme sacrifice…

  2. Good idea. This is the Centenary of that first world-scale conflict, and a purpose is to remind people to check
    their own family trees for those who went and returned for a second chance, and those who lay in foreign fields…
    A Cenotaph their hometown grave marker. Few families of that era were spared.
    ” The Memorial cup, is the brainchild of Capt. Jim Sutherland when he was overseas in the Great War
    (1914–18) and at the time, President of the Ontario
    Hockey Association (1915–17).
    He wrote back suggesting the trophy in memory of the
    boys who were being killed in the war. No doubt a big
    part of the idea was instigated by his devotion to Alan ‘Scotty’ Davidson, who fell (June 6, 1915) with many other hockey players in the world conflict.”
    – William J. Walshe, ‘Comments on Sport’,
    Kingston Whig-Standard Jan. 6 1939

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