Nine years after it began, the third and final edition of the Sarnia War Remembrance Project is now complete and available to the community.
Retired teacher Tom Slater began the undertaking in 2012 after discovering no formal record existed of Sarnians who died serving Canada in times of war. It expanded through additional research and revisions.
The final result is a comprehensive record of the “ordinary” men and women who left their jobs, schools, farms and loved ones to fight for Canada’s freedom in conflicts around the world.
Slater said he hopes the volunteer, non-profit project will ensure their stories of sacrifice will be remembered and commemorated forever.
“I am extremely grateful to those who provided the support necessary to make this project possible,” he said, thanking veterans’ families, volunteer editors Lou Giancarlo and Tom St. Amand, and financial contributors.
The Sarnia War Remembrance Project is available at no cost to the public on the City of Sarnia’s website, under ‘History of Sarnia’ at https://www.sarnia.ca/living-here/history-of-sarnia/
Printed copies of the two-volume set have been donated to local groups and organizations, libraries, museums, archives, military service groups, schools, and retirement & long-term care residences.
Financial support came from the City of Sarnia, Bluewater Power, Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 62, and the Sarnia Historical Society.