Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

May 20, 2008 09:30 ET

Widow of Veteran Charles Nevin Gillespie Receives Memorial Cross

ST. GEORGE, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - May 20, 2008) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, today presented to Maxine Gillespie, widow of Veteran Charles Nevin Gillespie, a Memorial Cross-one of Canada's most highly regarded honours. Mr. Gillespie, who served overseas in the Second World War aboard two torpedo boats and the minesweeper HMCS Bayfield, was remembered for his service and dedication during the ceremony.

"Charlie's service-as with all of Canada's Veterans'-must be remembered and passed on from one generation to the next. It is our duty to honour them," said Minister Thompson. "He was a dedicated sailor who made a remarkable contribution to Canada's wartime effort. He embodied the values of our truest heroes."

Many of Charles Gillespie's family members and comrades from The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 40 in St. George were present for the ceremony. "Charlie was so very proud of being a veteran and of his medals, he would be especially proud to know of this medal," said
Mrs. Gillespie.

The Memorial Cross, often referred to as the Silver Cross, was created in 1919 to commemorate the dead of the First World War. It has historically been awarded to mothers and widows, or their eldest surviving next of kin, of Canadian Forces members who died on active duty, or whose death was attributed to such duty. More information on the Memorial Cross can be found at

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