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ARAC will be conducting a Memorial Service at Wegner Point, CFB Petawawa on Sunday the 10 May 2009 in commemoration of the fatal drowning that occurred in 1968 when seven of the members of the then newly formed Airborne Regiment met their untimely death by drowning in the Ottawa River during a parachute drop.

We are expecting a good number of relatives present at the memorial service. Needless to say, numerous past members of the Regiment who were on that drop will also be in attendance. During the ceremony, it is our intention to dedicate a number of wreaths in memory of our departed paratroopers. Present and former members of the Royal Canadian Regiment and former members of the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals will be laying wreaths.

[ TBA ], will be our honoured guest and [ TBA ] will be conducting the memorial service. [ TBA ] will be the Parade Commander. The service will begin at 1430 hrs.

We encourage you to invite your family and friends to attend the ceremony.

Please forward this invitation to all those who may be interested.



(Wegner Point, CFB PETAWAWA) – The Airborne Regiment Association of Canada (ARAC) will hold a memorial service at the Memorial Cairn, Wegner Point, CFB Petawawa, at 1430 hrs, Sunday May 10th 2009, to honour the seven paratroopers who drowned during a Para drop exercise on May 8, 1968.

Family and friends will attend the service in memory of:

Master Warrant Officer R.J. Riddell, Warrant Officer P.M. McDonnell,

Corporals D.W. Clements, D.H. Fields, R.J.G. Knight, B.N. Chriswell, and P.J. Mesener.

For further information contact:

Joe Drouin