A Concert for Peace, but a message of hope to all Veterans Across Canada!
Cornwall ON – When I heard of Chorus Novus Concert for Peace that will be held in Dedication of the Veterans which will take place on April 18, 2010 at Nativity Church on Montreal Road in Cornwall at 7:30 PM, I felt that this was the time to prove that sometimes the smallest voices are the ones who are the most heard in the eyes of God and the eyes of Canadians The echoes of their music will be not only heard in our community but shared with all of the military families across Canada. But even more so, on the anniversary date of the passing of the first of the 142 that Canadian Soldiers that we lost in our Peacekeeping mission.
He was born in our city, grew up in our riding and lost in life in combat on April 17, 2002. As he sits beside his forefathers, his brothers and sisters, fathers and grandfathers of combat in arms in heaven, this article as does this concert pays tribute to them and we hope that you will choose to be present with me and with the Legers for this concert for peace for all military families past present and future.
My comrade, Sergeant Marc Léger was born in Cornwall, Ontario, on March 26, 1973, and was the eldest of three children born to Claire and Richard Léger. Marc enrolled in the Primary Reserve of the Canadian Forces in March of 1991 and was a member of the SDG Highlanders. A graduate of Glengarry High School of Alexandria and was transferred to the Regular Force in Feb 1993 and became a member of the PPCLI and enrolled in their battle school and was posted to the First Battalion and served as a rifleman. Transferred to the Third Battalion in 1996 and He enrolled in the Primary Reserve of the Canadian Forces in March 1991 as a member of the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders.
The Glengarry High School of Alexandria graduate subsequently transferred to the Regular Force in February 1993 and became a member of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI). He served with the unit for three tours in the former Yugoslavia (Bosnia-Herzegovina). He was promoted Acting Sergeant in January 2002. In February 2002, he was deployed to Afghanistan with the 3 PPCLI Battle Group as part of Operation Apollo, Canada’s commitment to the international campaign against terrorism. Marc was part of the 3 PPCLI battle group during mission Appolo, and international campaign against terrorism, was a parachute qualified and was awarded the South West Asia Medal and Unites States Bronze Star as well as commendations for demonstrating initiative and compassion while a peacekeeper in Livno Valley in Bosnia-Herzegoviana.
Marc Acted as a volunteer firefighter in Lancaster Fire Dept and assisted with a Charity that held close to his heart being Habitat for Humanity. Marc died during what is called “The Friendly Fire Incident”. After many discussion with the military records department , the Legers has the records corrected and the date that the incident occurred being the 17th of April 2002 and not the 18th of April as often state in the presses and medias. To be noted as well that Marc brought three other brothers in arms with him on this day being Private Nathan Smith, Private Richard Green and Cpl Ainsworth Dyer to whom the Legers mourned with three other Silver Cross Families during this timeframe.
Although a very difficult time in this morning period for the Legers , they have both chosen to be a part of this ceremony on April 18, 2010 to send a personal message of faith to all of the military families across Canada. Their presence echoes the silent prayers of all military and Canadian Silver Cross Families across the nation. A strong desire for peace around the world. As I sit beside them and others in this mission of patronage and recognition of our military and their actions, I feel very privileged to have them come to our community and join this musical journey with our community. While I was musically invited to be a part of this celebration due to time restraints in my work schedule and conflicting practice schedule, I had to decline. But for a fourth time this year, the first with the Red Ribbon Forces Campaign, the second with the Project Goodbye Adieu Fundraising CD, the third for the Red Ribbons being worn on all of the CJHL Hockey Teams Across Ontario and now this concert for peace, it is again another simple act of recognition to those who have done so much for the call of freedom and peace in our community. Something that the Legers wish to acknowledge the echos of all the silver cross families across Canada , On behalf of the Legers, they wish to extend to all involved in advance their most sincere appreciation and thanks from all of the Silver Cross Families in Canada.
Again , I call upon you our Citizens of Cornwall and Area to Support the Troops, Believe in Change and join us in this concert for the vision of Peace. Tickets are available at Scotia Bank , Brookdale Avenue Cornwall and at the door for the cost of 12.00 per person and children aged 16 years and under are admitted for free. Please come and join us for this celebration of peace. Sunday April 18, 2010 at Nativity Church on Montreal Road in Cornwall at 7:30 PM.
Story submitted by Kevin Rivette
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