In honour of Veterans’ Week (November 5 to 11) and the 75th anniversary of the Italian Campaign during the Second World War, a candlelight tribute was held at the Canadian War Museum this evening. The event was hosted by Mayor Jim Watson, General (retired) Walter Natynczyk, Deputy Minister, Veterans Affairs Canada, and Ms. Caroline Dromaguet, Acting Director General, Canadian War Museum.
As part of the ceremony, veterans passed lit candles to youth – a symbolic passing of the torch of remembrance from one generation to another. This beautiful tradition pays respect to the many brave men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces who have paid the ultimate price in the name of protecting our shared values.
Following the act of remembrance, Mayor Watson announced the latest veterans honoured through the City’s Veterans’ Commemorative Street Naming Program. This year, the City is honouring Warrant Officer 2nd Class Bud Hannam.
Bertram “Bud” Hannam was a decorated World War II veteran. He was a 23rd Field Ambulance Reservist and landed in France on D-Day (June 6, 1944) and served on the continent for the duration of the war. He was officially discharged as a Warrant Officer 2nd Class in 1968. Bertram “Bud” Hannam was laid to rest in the National Military Cemetery of the Canadian Forces at Beechwood Cemetery Ottawa on July 25, 2019 at the age of 94.
Local developers can participate in Veterans’ Commemorative Street Naming Program by naming streets within new housing developments. Regional Group and eQ Homes are naming one of the major arteries within their future development in Gloucester-South Nepean Ward after Bud Hannam. He will be commemorated with a street sign that bears his name as well as the poppy – the universal sign of remembrance.
“I am pleased to have the opportunity to memorialize the service of the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces by honouring long-time Ottawa resident and World War II Veteran Bud Hannam. Our city and residents are proud to have his memory, and that of many other veterans, live on in Ottawa.”
Mayor Jim Watson
“Tonight’s ceremony was a beautiful tribute to honour the courage and valour of those who served Canada, past and present, in times of war, military conflict and peace. It is truly moving to witness the exchange of candles between these Veterans and youth, marking the passing of the torch of remembrance. Involving our youth in commemoration ensures Canada will continue to remember for years to come.”
General (Retired) Walt Natynczyk CMM MSC CD, Deputy Minister, Veterans Affairs Canada