FALLEN PARATROOPERS TRAGEDY STILL BEING REMEMBERED 50 YEARS LATER 5/14/2018 9:00:09 AM
Yesterday was the memorial for the 50th anniversary of the worst military training accident in Canadian History. On May 8, 1968, seven paratroopers lost their lives after strong winds blew them off course and the jumpers landed in the water. Russ Murphy, one of the survivors, remembers that night, and says his friend and fellow survivor Bob Foster saved his life.
Councilor Treena Lemay was one of yesterday's speakers, and her husband was also one of the survivors. Lemay says she's glad to see that 50 years after that tragic night that people are still honoring the memory of Corporal Dennis Clements, Corporal Hugh Fields, Corporal Bob Knight, Corporal Jim Misener, Master Warrant Officer Reg Riddell, Warrant Officer Mike McDonnell and Corporal Bruce Chiswell.
One of the readings during the ceremony and that is written on the 50th anniversary boulder, is 'They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old; Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them."