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  • Larry Lozon
    From: Camp Chief Can anyone shed light on how this particular medal came to be offered for sale. ... From: Lyn Downer
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 2, 2004
      From: "Camp Chief" <sbfg.cc@...>


      Can anyone shed light on how this particular medal came to be offered for
      sale.


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      From: "Lyn Downer" <lyn.downer@...>
      Subject: VC


      Go to Toronto Star website, search Victoria Cross - story ran
      October 30. Folks can read it and make up their own minds.

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      http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&call_pageid=971358637177&c=Article&cid=1099264209292


      Help save hero's VC

      Time for generation who never had to defend freedom with a weapon to step up
      and do its duty

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      Hanging on to history proves difficult
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      Oct. 30.

      As a Canadian, I was dismayed to read: "Vets struggle to keep medal in
      Canada." It should not be down to the veterans to keep a Victoria Cross in
      Canada. "Smoky" Smith, Jan de Vries and the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion
      have done their duty. It should be up to the generations who follow - my
      generation - to do our duty and keep Cpl. Fred Topham's Victoria Cross in
      Canada. We have profited from the sacrifice of the veterans' generation and
      it is now time for us to step up.

      As I high school history teacher, I am deeply moved by the bond between our
      veterans and the young people they visit in our schools. The veterans have
      it right. The kids have it right. It seems that those of us in the middle
      generation - we who never had to defend freedom with a weapon yet enjoy a
      prosperous and peaceful society - take too much for granted. We need to step
      up.

      Putting a price on duty, valour and sacrifice may be distasteful but that is
      the society in which we live. I challenge every Canadian who wears a poppy
      to donate $1 to the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion Association to keep
      this Victoria Cross in Canada. I challenge every Canadian politician and
      every Canadian who has ever voted or belonged to a political party to donate
      $1. I challenge every Canadian who enjoys the freedom to read a newspaper to
      donate $1. I ask every high school holding a Remembrance Day service to pass
      the hat and collect a dollar to keep Topham's legacy of valour and sacrifice
      in Canada.

      At a time when pop stars, hockey players and politicians are on the
      shortlist in a Greatest Canadian contest, we all need a history lesson.
      Let's have one on Nov. 11.

      Lest we forget.

      Clint Lovell, Barrie, Ont.

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      Oct. 30.

      I was disgusted to learn such a significant piece of Canadian history could
      so easily be lost. As a former peacekeeper with the Princess Patricia's
      Canadian Light Infantry, I feel an obligation to help keep this Victoria
      Cross in Canada if the Canadian government will not do so. I am donating
      $1,000 to the cause and challenge 274 other Canadians to do the same before
      Remembrance Day. Surely, we can save this piece of history by Nov. 11.

      I searched the Internet for particulars on donations and called to confirm.
      They may be sent to: 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion Museum Trust, The Cpl.
      Fred Topham VC Fundraising Project, c/o The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada,
      130 Queen St. E., Toronto, Ont., M5A 1R9

      Glenn Reed, Richmond Hill


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