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Remembering Murray Whetung On Indigenous Veterans Day

KAWARTHA LAKES- Kawartha 411 interviewed Murray Whetung on November 8, 2017. At the time he was 96 years old and one of the few remaining WW2 Veterans. His entire Band at Curve Lake volunteered to serve. Murray said when he went to war, Aboriginal Canadians could not even vote. They went to help preserve a democracy that they couldn’t even participate in. Murray married his childhood sweetheart Elva on February 14th, before he shipped out, and when he returned they went on to have 13 children. Murray grew up in Curve Lake and raised his family there. He has a wonderful sense of humour and that’s partially what got him through the war. We sat down with Murray to hear some of his stories and remember the sacrifices he and others made for our freedom. Murray passed away at the age of 100 on February 26, 2021.

Remembrance Day is November 11th, Lest We Forget.

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Pamela Vanmeer
Pamela Vanmeerhttps://www.kawartha411.ca/
Pamela VanMeer is a two time winner of the prestigious Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Award. Her investigative reports on abuse in Long Term Care Homes garnered international attention for the issue and won the Ron Laidlaw Award. She is a former reporter and anchor at CHEX News, now Global Peterborough and helped launch the New CHEX Daily, a daily half hour talk show. While at CHCH News in Hamilton she covered some of the biggest news stories of the day.

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