This spring, a singer and songwriter friend of mine from Red Deer, Shelly Dion, came to me with a song idea that had, in her words, been “knocking around in my head for the past 30 years”. She said that she really wanted to pay her respects to the people who sacrificed their lives and livelihoods to go to war.
The song is called “Lay Me Down”, and it’s a very fitting song for this time of year. We decided to get together and record a simple version of the song. Then I sent her off to see musical wizard, Red Deer’s Heath West of Medodius Design. Heath came up with some excellent improvements and we recorded it in his studio this fall.
As Honorary Colonel of 41 Signal Regiment in Alberta, I’m always looking for opportunities to promote the military, our Regiment’s members, and of course at this time of year, to acknowledge the sacrifice made by the men and women who serve in the Canadian Armed Forces. “Lay Me Down” hit all the right notes.
With some help from Counsellor Michael Dawe, long time archivist for the City of Red Deer, I gained access to some wonderful historic photos that helped me to tell the some of the story of Red Deer’s military history. At the same time, I wanted to help the members of our Regiment honour the many local members who have volunteered to put their lives and careers on hold to deploy internationally to places like Afghanistan, Golan Heights, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, and more recently Ukraine and Latvia. This project allowed me to both profile some local history and recognize our more modern history. Thanks to WO Drew Adkins of 41 Signal Regiment for his help in coordinating photos from our wall of fame inside Cormack Armoury.
The above video is the result. Take some time to learn about our local military history. Do you know who Cormack Armoury is named after? You’ll also learn about local members of 41 Signal Regiment (2 Sqn), many of whom actively serve in Armed Forces today. You may even know some them as neighbours, friends, and co-workers. Please take a moment to acknowledge their service, and on November 11th, with so many restrictions that limit our usual services and ceremonies, please take a moment at 11 AM to be silent and consider how lucky we are to be at peace in our country.
“Lay Me Down” is written and performed by Shelly Dion and produced and engineered by Heath West. Musicians: Bagpipes Glenn MacLeod, acoustic guitar Heath West, electric guitars Lloyd Lewis, drums Phil Liska, Bass Doug Gagnon.
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With hail storms this size it’s a miracle no one was killed
Monday, August 1st will be a day hundreds of Albertans will never forget. The hail storm that devastated an area of Central Alberta resulted in a series of terrifying experiences for motorists on the QE II, especially around Antler Hill, just north of Innisfail. This is a map of the area most affected by the largest hail stones most have seen in their lifetimes.
Yes we’ve all heard people talk about “baseball” or “tennis ball” sized hail in the past. In this case, those comparisons are simply too small!
Now you can imagine how terrifying it must have been to be caught driving on the QE II south of Red Deer and north of Innisfail during this storm on Monday, August 1st. Here’s what that felt like, courtesy of Gibran Marquez as posted on the Facebook Page Alberta Storm Reports
This couple was remarkably calm considering the battering they were experiencing!
The immediate aftermath.
ASIRT investigating Stettler incident after RCMP shoot and taser suspect who allegedly threatened woman with an axe
News release from ASIRT (Alberta Serious Incident Response Team)
Investigation into Stettler RCMP officer-involved shooting causing injury continues
On July 24, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate an officer-involved shooting that occurred earlier that day.
At 10:14 p.m., the Stettler Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) detachment received a report of a disturbance in the area of 58 Street and 50A Avenue. When officers arrived in the area, they were flagged down by a female who said she had been threatened by a man with an axe.
Officers located the man in a nearby alley and confronted him. During this time, one officer discharged his conducted energy weapon and another discharged his firearm, striking the man. Emergency Medical Services arrived and provided the man with medical care. He was then transported by STARS Air Ambulance to an Edmonton-area hospital, and released the next day.
Two weapons were recovered from the scene
ASIRT’s investigation will examine the circumstances surrounding the uses of force. No additional information will be released.
As part of its ongoing investigation, ASIRT is continuing efforts to identify people who may have observed the man or witnessed aspects of the confrontation between the man and police. ASIRT is asking anyone who may have been in the area and may have witnessed these events and/or may have video to contact investigators at 403-592-4306.
ASIRT’s mandate is to effectively, independently and objectively investigate incidents involving Alberta’s police that have resulted in serious injury or death to any person, as well as serious or sensitive allegations of police misconduct.
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