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D-Day ceremony held at Lethbridge Cenotaph to mark 75th anniversary

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Ceremonies taking place all across the country Thursday (June 6) to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

A special remembrance took place as well in Lethbridge at the Cenotaph downtown.

Legion Manager Jeffery Alden says this city has a local connection to that historic day. “As noted on the Cenotaph, we have several soldiers from the area who went into the Second World War. Mr. Daley perished on the beaches of Juno. He was one of the local fatalities from this area. We felt it was very important from the local level to do something to commemorate the 75th as well.”

D-Day took place on June 6, 1944 when allied forces stormed the beaches of France to liberate Europe during the Second World War.

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Alden says it’s important these types of events take place so people will always know what happened. “I mean for the young people it’s a distant memory. If they don’t study in the history books and learn about it and learn from the stories of the actual veterans who were there and I say we are getting low on those folks, I think the importance will be lost.”

D-Day ceremonies were also held in France to commemorate the day.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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