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Grey County Black Heritage Society Special Memorial Event: Lest We Forget: A Tribute to the No. 2 Construction Battalion
June 26 @ 2:00 pm
GREY COUNTY BLACK HERITAGE SOCIETY TO HOST SPECIAL MEMORIAL EVENT SUNDAY, JUNE 26, 2022
The Grey County Black Heritage Society would like to invite you and members of your family to attend an event which will be part of a series designed to recognize and honour those brave individuals who volunteered to fight on behalf of Canada in the First World War. There will be similar events held in several cities and towns across Canada. On June 26th we will pay tribute to those who hailed from Grey County and the surrounding areas. The Government of Canada will be presenting a National Apology in Truro, N.S. on July 9th , 2022, to the No. 2 Construction Battalion.
The No. 2 Construction Battalion was made up of Black volunteers from across Canada, the USA and some Caribbean Islands. It became a segregated unit which was officially launched in 1916 and set sail from Halifax, N.S. in March 2017. Their primary function was to build roads, railways, and other buildings as was required to support the war effort in Europe. The battalion was disbanded on 20 September 1920.
Local Owen Sound resident Blaine Courtney will MC the event which will include Bruce Kruger – Town Crier of the Emancipation; Anthony Sherwood – Honour Before Glory documentary; Hon. Dr. Jean Augustine – Keynote speaker, plus much more.
All families whose members served in the World Wars, Korea, or any other active duty on behalf of the Government of Canada, are invited to join in this celebration. Please send in your RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org by June 18th and be sure to include the name of the individual being recognized along with your name and the number of people in this group for seating purposes. The program will commence promptly at 2:00 pm; please time your arrival for approximately 1:30 to allow time to be registered and seated.