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Tuesday, 01 September 2020 08:28

Parade For Veteran Gordon Beck Held On August 29th Featured

Veteran Gordon Beck Over the time I have known Gordon, he has spoken of his life with pride, laughter and some tears.

About four years ago I met an older gentleman while walking my dog, we instantly connected in our love for the legion and our passion for veterans. Fast forward four years and one of the days while I was visiting with Gordon, he broke my heart when he spoke and said to me, no one cares about us old vets anymore. My mind started racing. You see in the past, we had spoken and he beamed with pride of this memorial silhouette he designed in Innisfail. I jumped to what I could do. I ran to Innisfail, got the dimensions of the memorial and went to work.

Veteran Gordon Beck 9Over the time I have known Gordon, he has spoken of his life with pride, laughter and some tears. He has had a life that had him working up and down    the coast of Vancouver Island, the western provinces and down in the Bahamas. Gordon has been everything from a vacuum salesman, to business        owner, to volunteer fireman, commercial diver and more.

Life hasn't always been easy for Gordon. His father returned from France in WW1 and was caught in the middle of a gas attack. He was  shipped home and the military said he wasn't fit for duty. If only we knew then what we know about PTSD, it may have been different.  This has deeply contributed to Gordons passion for our veterans. He puts his thoughts to others who need help more than him. Still  selfless and giving even after all these years.

This recent celebration had me canvassing businesses to get this memorial built in our local Field of Honor here in Lacombe. It is a glorious sight to see.

I contacted a veteran I know named Bear Lamont, told him my idea and off we went. This past Saturday, August 29th, we put on one heck of a parade for Gordon. Right before more than 70 motorbikes and a dozen vehicles came around the corner I started videotaping. I looked over at Gordon and asked him if he remembered telling me now one cares, he looked at me quizzically and I said well I have some veteran friends too and they all want to meet you. And there started what turned into one of the best days of my life. The look of sheer bewilderment and pride filled not only gordons eyes but mine. You can't imagine the site of 70 some veterans parking their bikes and shaking this man's hand and saying thank you.

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We then had just a couple more surprises for him. You see my friend Trevor Whelan brought his sidecar and they helped him in. He was marshalling his own parade. Watching him look upon the memorial with such awe and smiles made this beyond anything I could have ever hoped for.

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Bear called me up to the memorial with Gordon. Here was a veteran thanking me and telling me how proud he was of what I did for him. Can you imagine a veteran thanking me, no he is the one alongside other veteran in this country that needs our thanks.

I am and will be forever grateful for this friendship that started with a dog and continues to grow every day.

 

Jannaleigh

Author and Photo Credit: Janna Hughes

 

Last modified on Saturday, 05 September 2020 23:07

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