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‘It’s something I’ll never forget’: Second World War veteran, 98, recalls D-day – Regina

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Regina paused to reflect this Remembrance day, marking the armistice of November 11, 1918 that ended the fighting of the First World War.

For veteran Harold Hague, his memories of the First World War are ones passed down by his father.

“He was in the Royal Horse Artillery in France and he suffered pretty bad,” Hague said. “The horses took the big guns into the battle and it was so cold he said they had to huddle up and sleep under the horse to keep warm at night. Those are stories that will shake you.”


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Born in Earl Grey, Saskatchewan, Hague signed up for active service in the Royal Canadian Navy when he was 19, at the beginning of the Second World War in 1939.

“It was the thing to do. There was a certain amount of patriotism and stuff like that, ” Hague said. “My father didn’t want me to join, but whoever listened to their father at that age?”

After enlisting, Hague served on the high seas and was active during the Battle of the Atlantic and on D-Day.

“The first part of the Battle of the Atlantic we were losing,” Hague said. “Had we not won the Battle of the Atlantic there would have been no D-Day because you couldn’t get the supplies over there. They were sinking the ships too fast.

“But finally we had a ship that had the equipment and the guns to do the job and the aircraft, the Canadian Air Force, they had new aircraft that could go further and that was the turning point in the war, was getting the material in to England.”

On June 6, 1944 Hague was one of nearly 150,000 Allied troops who landed on the beaches of Normandy, France to fight the German occupation. During the invasion, he was on a ship clearing enemy mines.

“When I was on the ship and we were pulling in some of the survivors, trying to save them, you could hear them screaming and they knew they got hit,” Hague said.

“They were screaming for mama.”


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Now 98, the memories of war still linger like it was yesterday.

“It’s something I’ll never forget,” Hague said. “I was up on the bridge and I looked out from the shore to the sea and as far as I could see behind us was ships, hundreds of ships. It was a sight and as they come in it got worse and worse.

“And the aircraft, thousands of aircraft flying all at once and paratroopers,” Hague added, “it was just hell.”

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When the war ended, Hague returned to Regina, where he was instrumental in the evolution of Regina’s downtown during the late ’70s and early ’80s.

He also joined the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 001, and through his leadership, he served various roles over the years and was directly involved in the establishment of services to veterans and seniors.


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Moreover, he served as the co-chair of the Regina Remembrance Day Service and assisted in arranging the indoor service at the Brandt Centre, Saskatchewan’s largest Remembrance Day event.

This year, more than 1,000 people came out to pay their respects, honouring those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom.

“Remembrance isn’t a job, it’s a privilege,” said Lt.-Cmdr. James Balfour, senior naval reserve chaplain. “It’s important we take note of those occasions when we can remember the sacrifice of previous generations.”

Due to health reasons, this is the first year Hague isn’t attending the ceremony. Instead, he’ll watch from the comforts of home as the next generation continues to carry the torch.

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A stunning Water Lantern Festival is coming to Montreal

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What might just be the most magical night ever is coming up for Montreal this year.

The Water Lantern Festival has announced that it will be gracing Mississauga with thousands of floating lanterns later this year, as part of a celebration that spans the entire world.

According to the festival’s official website, the event is a celebration of life with proceeds going towards charities and non-profit organizations within the area.

“Water Lantern Festival brings together individuals from all ages, backgrounds, and walks of life to join in one emotional and memorable night. At the Water Lantern Festival, we cherish these moments and will do our best to help you have a memorable experience that you’ll never forget as you witness the beauty of thousands of lanterns reflecting upon the water,” the website states.

The festival takes place throughout multiple cities around the world, with the Canadian cities of Quebec, Regina, Vancouver, Hamilton, Calgary, Ottawa, Mississauga, and, of course, Montreal taking part.

For the Calgary event, a date has been confirmed and tickets are already rolling out. Montreal shan’t be far behind, and you can click the Notify Me tab on the event’s site to be kept in the loop.

Expect an evening filled with food trucks, music, lantern designing and finally, a magical launch of the lanterns into the water as the sun goes down.

For our pals over in Calgary, their event includes a floating lantern, a commemorative drawstring bag, a marker, and a wristband. Expect something similar, if not the same, when more details float through about Montreal’s event.

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Euthanasia order on hold for Montreal dog that attacked children

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A pit bull dog that attacked four children and two adults in August 2018 in Montreal North will not be euthanized in the immediate future.

The euthanasia order has been temporarily suspended pending the appeal of a Quebec Superior Court decision.

On Tuesday, Judge Lukasz Granosik rejected a request to halt the euthanasia order issued by the Montreal North borough, which declared the animal a “dangerous dog.”

The City of Montreal has not changed its mind. This is only a delay before it proceeds with euthanizing the dog, a source told the Canadian Press.

Shotta, the one-year-old dog, was in the care of its owner’s acquaintance in August 2018. The dog attacked four children and two adults, causing serious injuries in separate incidents on the same day.

After the attacks, the dog was taken from the home and entrusted to the SPCA.

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The Road to Home Rescue Support, an American shelter, asked the court if it could take in the dog. Christa Frineau, the dog’s owner, had also asked that Shotta not be euthanized.

Granosik refused to grant the request.

—With files from Global’s Kalina Laframboise

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9 Things To Do In Montreal This Friday, Saturday & Sunday

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Today’s sunny skies have me itching to make weekend plans. I absolutely cannot wait to make the most of this warmer weather. This might be the time to inflate my bike tires and dust off my running shoes…

Whether you want to brush up on your cooking skills, let loose, or fill your stomach with amazing food, there’s an event out there for you. Read on for 9 fun things you can do with friends or a fling this weekend.

TL;DR Read on for 9 fun things you can do in Montreal this weekend.

Let Yourself Go At Dress Up

Where: 185 Avenue Van Horne, Montréal.

When: Friday, March 29, 9:00 p.m.

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