For the first time in nearly three decades, a fresh plaque was added to the cenotaph in Regina’s Victoria Park on Sunday to honour those who fought in South Africa and Afghanistan.
“I’m very humbled to be up there amongst the other heroes and legends,” said Lt.-Col. Stacy Grubb, who served as a combat team commander in Kandahar province for eight months in 2008.
“I’m thankful because it means something. I know there are soldiers who are still fighting their battles from Afghanistan right now, and this means a lot to them.”
When the cenotaph was originally built in 1926, it was to recognize veterans of the First World War. In 1990, the monument was rededicated to those who served in the Second World War and the Korean War.
Speaking at the cenotaph’s second rededication this weekend, Royal Canadian Navy Lt.-Cdr. James Balfour said it’s important the first and last war Canadians have fought are now marked on the memorial.
“Wherever it is that (veterans) go, whatever it is that they’re remembering and whatever it is that they’re going through, we’re there with them — we’re standing alongside of them,” Balfour said, when asked what he hopes veterans take away from the new brass plate.
As one of those veterans, Lt.-Col. Grubb said, when he looks at the plaque, he thinks of all the good he and his fellow soldiers did while overseas.
“All the brotherhood, the sisterhood — just people working together to solve a problem, a very complicated problem, and sacrificing as much as we could every day.”