The ceremony this morning at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 43 was to announce and give tribute to the 12 Oshawa war veterans whose names are being added to the special street name list today.
In attendance were two war veterans being honoured: Jim Brewster and Doug Finney
Their streets: Jim Brewster Circle will be located west of Fleetwood, and Doug Finney Drive located west of Townline Rd. north of Shankel Dr.
The other 10 veteran named streets will be located in a Sorbara subdivision north of Conlin Rd. west of Harmony.
Attending this special event, I was most fortunate to sit at the same table and have a pleasant conversation with Don White, who lives in Oshawa and was featured last week in a CBC memorial video, reading a letter he'd sent home to his mother in Oshawa in 1945: http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1637898819661/
"Now 96 years old and living in Oshawa, Ont., Trooper Donald White was just 16 when he enlisted with the Royal Canadian Dragoons in 1939. He served in the Second World War, fighting in Italy, the Netherlands and Germany.
A prolific letter writer, he chose to read a portion of a letter he sent home to his parents on April 17, 1945 — just a few days after he took part in the liberation of Leeuwarden in the Netherlands.
In his letter, he talks about the euphoria of entering the town after liberating it"