BY KATE WINQUIST
Monday, May 5, 2014 was the 69th anniversary of the liberation of Holland to mark the end of World War II. A celebration was held at the Gull Lake cenotaph to honour our allied forces and the three remaining veterans of the community; Al Countryman, Dayton Toney and Dwight Small.
Gull Lake Legion president, Bruce Freestone welcomed the gathering and lead the singing of O’ Canada followed by the playing of the Last Post and a moment of silence.
Freestone then told the crowd where our veterans were the day the war came to an end.
Private Al Countryman was not far from the front lines in Holland delivering supplies (gas in drums, ammo and food) for the 69th Canadian General Tank and Transport Co.
Corporal Dayton Toney was in the signal core in Holland. He decoded the message on May 4th that said the war would be over the next morning. Cpl.Toney was the first to know that the war was over.
Rifleman Dwight Small with his CO, drove into Germany a few miles and returned with two high ranking German officers. They then went on to Wageningen, Holland to sign the peace papers.
Saskatchewan Legion president Dick Wells and Mayor Blake Campbell both spoke and gave thanks to our veterans.
The program concluded with laying of wreaths and the singing of God Save the Queen.
We give thanks to the allied forces and individual serving members that brought an end to the most horrific war and suffering in modern history. They committed to serve, sacrificed and fought for our liberation
Private Al Countryman Corporal Dayton Toney Rifleman Dwight Small
Photos by Kate Winquist
Article Compliments of The Advance