Celebrating our veterans

Veterans will gather at Langford Legion this Sunday, ceremonies at Langford and Metchosin

Veterans Koby Kobialko and Clancy Keoughan hope to see many people out Nov. 11 to honour Remembrance Day.

Koby Kobialko and Clancy Keoughan are counting down to Remembrance Day.

“We are stopping and thinking about people who never came back and those who did,” said Keoughan. “We are taking the time in a quiet dignified way.”

Keoughan, has spent time in schools at Remembrance Day events and in the community. His most memorable Nov. 11 was in Wetaskiwin, Alta. in 2007. He was there training for a tour in Afghanistan.

He travelled on a bus with other military personnel to all the senior centres in the town to visit veterans who couldn’t get to community gatherings.

“They had such big smiles on their faces,” Keoughan said as his eyes lit up. “They live in one room and some of their most prized possessions were their metals.”

This year Keoughan will spend Remembrance Day at the Legion in Langford.

“I always go and sit with the older gentlemen, sometimes (Nov. 11) is the first time people really listen to them,” he said. “I know someday I’ll be one of those gentlemen.”

 

For Keoughan it doesn’t matter where you stop and remember, it’s just important that you do.

A sentiment echoed by Kobialko.

“We are here to remember those that lost their lives for our freedom and the heros that are still in our military and protect our freedom,” said Kobialko.

Freedom is a strong word for  Kobialko, one that can cause him to tear up on occasion.

In 1990 he was in Holland at the 45th Anniversary of Liberation of Holland ceremony.  As he stood with the Honour Guard, two girls, 11 and six, put a handmade flower in his riffle. The flower had a small note attached.

“It said, ‘Thank you for our freedom,’”  Kobialko said wiping at tears. Ever since that day Kobialko has carried that flower and note with him when he’s in uniform.

Kobialko, 63, counted down to his 18th birthday so he could join the military.

 

“I could have joined when I was 17 with my father’s permission, but I wanted to do it on my own,” Kobialko said.

 

He joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1967 in Ottawa. For the next 18 years he was posted all across Canada spanning from Quebec to Haida Gwaii.

 

He travelled to Cyprus in 1983 as a peace keeper with the United Nations and served with NATO in Germany from 1986 to 1990.

He retired in 1992 as a warrant officer and is still active with the Colour Guard and as treasurer with the West Shore Poppy Fund.

 

Sooke resident Keoughan, 47, has also dedicated his life to the military.

He joined in 1983 straight out of high school in New Brunswick.

“I have been posted all over the country,” he said adding he toured in Croatia, Bosnia and most recently Afganistan in 2008.

 

He is scheduled to retire in February and then become a student at the University of

Victoria studying Environmental Occupational Health and Safety.

 

 

n Metchosin: 10:45 a.m. Scouts and Girl Guides of Canada march from the Metchosin fire hall to the cenotaph at St. Mary the Virgin Church, 4354 Metchosin Rd.

n Langford: 10:35 a.m., Parade from Langford Legion to Veterans Memorial Park, Veterans Memorial Parkway and Goldstream Avenue.

n Send us your Remembrance Day photos to share with our readers online and in print. Email editor@goldstreamgazette.com.

 

Just Posted

Riders roll to help Island hospices

$240,000 raised so far for this weekend’s seventh annual Cycle of Life Tour

Westin Bear Mountain hotel sold to local businessman and entrepreneur

Ecoasis will maintain responsibility of golf and tennis operations and developable lands

Public warned of night firing exercises in Saanich after evidence of trespassing

Routine shooting practice to take place at Heals Range from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday

West Shore RCMP release sketch of Galloping Goose sexual assault suspect

Anyone who knows the man is asked to call West Shore RCMP

Rich the Vegan scoots across Canada for the animals

Rich Adams is riding his push scooter across Canada to bring awareness to the dog meat trade in Asia

POLL: Do you carry reusable shopping bags?

While a court ruling determined the City of Victoria’s plastic bag ban… Continue reading

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of July 16

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Couple found dead along northern B.C. highway in double homicide

Woman from the U.S. and man from Australia found dead near Liard Hot Springs

Injured fawn at B.C. vet will be euthanized Friday night unless claimed by sanctuary

Gilbert the deer is currently being treated at West Kelowna’s Rose Valley Veterinary Hospital

BC Wildfire Service warns wet weather no reason to be complacent

Fire risk currently low for much of B.C. compared to same time over last two years.

Bank of Canada lowers qualifying rate used in mortgage stress tests

Home sales softened last year after the federal government introduced new stress test rules for uninsured mortgages

Port Hardy RCMP cleared in arrest that left man with broken ribs, punctured lung: IIO

The IIO noted the matter will not be referred to crown counsel for consideration of charges.

B.C. man pleads guilty in snake venom death of toddler

Plea comes more than five years after the incident in North Vancouver

Most Read