11 Days of Remembrance

Day 11 - Erin Doyle

32-year old Master Corporal Erin Doyle of Kamloops died in Afghanistan in August, 2008. A member of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry he was on his fifth operational tour and third tour in the war-torn country when he was killed in action. His name is the most recent addition to the Kamloops cenotaph.

Day 10 - Al Manuel

When duty called Canadian men and women went to war and among those soliders were thousands of Native Canadians. 35 members of the Tk'emlups Indian Band served their country including Al Manuel. In November 2010 he spoke with Raffelina Sirianni about his service in World War Two.

Day 9 - Gordon Bregoliss

There are numerous graveyards throughout Europe, including Italy. A full year before the D-Day landings in Normandy Canadian soldiers were part of the allied force that invaded Italy. The campaign lasted twenty months and cost nearly 6-thousand Canadian lives. Gordon Bregoliss of Kamloops was part of the Italian campaign and spoke about his time overseas.

Day 8 - Nick Waslenchuk

At 19 years old Nick was an RCAF officer who served his country with Bomber Command flying over Germany and occupied Europe, he survived 30 night bombing missions over Germany.

Day 7 - Al Trotter

Al Trotter joined the Airforce as a teenager, he flew 44 bombing missions over Germany, on his last mission he and his crew were shot down by a German fighter plane, he spent the rest of the war in a POW camp. 

Day 6 - Jim Collins

Jim Collins did two tours in Afghanistan, as a result of his time in Afghanistan Jim lives with Operational Induced Stress Disorder, a service dog helps Jim manage his disorder.

Day 5 - Orvel & Olive Dove

The 2nd World War forever altered the lives of many people, and not just those who saw battle. Orvel Dove enlisted with the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1940 but a crash during training kept him in England through the duration of the war. Orvel, along with his wife Olive who he met in England spoke with former CFJC News Reporter Rob McKee prior to Remembrance Day in 2005.

Day 4 - Shawn Derrington

Traditionally the focus of Remembrance Day are the veterans from the First and Second World Wars. Later the focus included those who served in Korea - and more recently Canadian soldiers who fought and died in Afghanistan. As part of our continuing series we introduce you to a Kamloops soldier, of a more recent war. Warrant Officer Shawn Derrington is a member of the Rocky Mountain Rangers, he served two tours in Afghanistan.

Day 3 - Lorne Dagert

Lorne Dagert grew up in Watrous, Saskatchewan and was just 17 when he lied about his age so that he could join the navy in 1943. In June, 1944 he was one of 10-thousand Royal Canadian Navy Sailors who supported the thousands of army troops who disembarked at Juno Beach on D-Day. 8 years ago Lorne talked about his experience with former CFJC News Reporter Priya Mann.

Day 2 - Dale Benfeld

Major Dale Benfeld was among the first Canadians deployed to Afghanistan, but his military career began as a teenager. Following university, Benfeld was stationed around the world for more than a decade. He returned to Kamloops to raise a family, but the war in Afghanistan brought the reservist back into action. In the Fall of 2008 former CFJC News Reporter Priya Mann met with Major Benfeld and spoke to him about his experience.

Day 1 - Alex Sim

Alex Sim of Kamloops served in both the Second World War and Korea. He was part of the allied forces, who landed on the beaches of Normandy in June, 1944. Alex begins his story with the day he enlisted with the Canadian Army in Calgary.