Remembrance Day ceremonies well attended – poignant occasion for a homegrown son

An Espanola man was one of the hundreds who returned home to take part in Remembrance Day Ceremonies this past Saturday.

For the first time, Thirty-eight-year-old Sergeant Richard Gaudreau of the 436 Squadron Trenton laid a wreath at the Espanola Cenotaph this weekend on behalf of his country.

His mother, Cynthia, says she is proud of her son who has served the last 15 years including deployments in Kuwait, Kandahar and Australia, and involvement in Operation Impact, among many other military exercises around the world.

Born and raised in Espanola, and a graduate of Cambrian College and Avionics in the military, he was proud and moved to be given the honour of laying the wreath in remembrance of his fellow serving military around the world.

Married to Jacqueline, and with one son, Jack, he returns to active service following the ceremony and the reunion with his Espanola family and friends.

Photo: Sergeant Richard Gaudreau was honoured to come home to Espanola and lay a wreath in honour of his fellow Canadian Forces peers. Remembrance Day Ceremonies were held throughout our listening area including Espanola, Elliot Lake, Massey, Little Current, and across Manitoulin. Photos provided

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