Long-term care homes needed
I read your paper on May 10 and I agree with our mayor, Mitch Panciuk. I am a senior and can see the writing on the wall. Yes, we are going to be desperate, very soon and in the near future, for long-term care homes.
Wake up, the powers that be, and start now, please, please.
I am sure there are hundreds on the waiting list for long-term care homes at the present time.
I’m lucky that I reside at a senior’s residence. At 92-years-old I won’t see the future.
Think about it now, you will be a senior sooner than you think or realize.
Quinte Secondary School is ideal for what we need now. It’s a perfect location.
Marking anniversary of D-Day
This week’s 75th Anniversary of D-Day, the massive invasion of Europe that took place in Normandy beginning on June 6th, 1944, will be marked tThursday with what will be the last big commemoration of the event.
It is most heartening to see that so many Canadians are familiar with the event and Canada’s role in it. Naturally, in a local sense, it is more difficult to see what Bellevillians did there. So many served during the Second World War and who knows how many of them were part of D-Day? Royal Canadian Navy vessels escorted ships from Britain; protected the invasion force from enemy U-Boats, warships and aircraft; cleared mines almost right to the beaches; provided fire support; and were among the amphibious transports and landing craft that actually put our soldiers ashore.
The Royal Canadian Air Force worked for months beforehand and on June 6 to reduce opposing forces and isolate the beaches, protect ships and troops from enemy air attack, provide ground attack and conduct reconnaissance. (My uncle, Norman Bradford, a graduate of Queen Mary School and BCI & VS, flew in Mosquitos during the the invasion.)
How many from Belleville were among the seamen and airmen involved is not known. The army was at the core of the landing operation itself and Bellevillians were in many units, but here we have a particular role that is known and can be saluted. The 3rd Canadian Infantry Division was the assault force for Juno Beach and included among its artillery the 34th Field Battery, Royal Canadian Artillery. It was part of the 14th Field Regiment that accompanied the leading waves. It was equipped with self-propelled guns so it could roll into action most quickly upon beaching. However, in an unusual operation, the guns were first fired from the landing craft as they sailed toward the beach, engaging particular targets and generally keeping the defenders’ heads down! The 34th Battery originated in Belleville in 1912 as a militia unit, from which a battery was sent to the First World War. Serving throughout the 1920s and ‘30s, it generated an overseas battery for the Second World War (and sent gunners to other units, like Napanee’s 32nd Light Anti-Aircraft Battery, RCA, which was also in Normandy). The 34th Battery disappeared in the early 1950s, being absorbed by The Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment, which presently perpetuates it.
Hopefully, the contribution of all Bellevillians who fought in Normandy (and supported the fighters in many ways elsewhere) will be recalled, and particularly the City’s own 34th Battery, Royal Canadian Artillery, will be remembered briefly on this Thursday, June 6.