Today (Nov.11) was a day of remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country; and for long-time Lacombe resident Paulina Oberg it was no different.

Paulina was one of many who attended the Remembrance Day ceremony at the LMC on Saturday to show their support.

She was married to the late Rodney Oberg, a radar tech who served in the Canadian Airforce from 1957 and 1981.

Moving every four or five years, or so it seemed at the time, recalls Paulina, the two spent their years together living in different parts of Canada including Cold Lake and Trenton, Ontario and even spent time living in France.

She said it wasn’t always easy being the wife of a military man.

“It wasn’t really a thing that I cherished, but that’s what I ended up with. It was a call of duty for him, and I married him, so I guess I had to follow,” she smiled.

Whether it’s a family member or a family friend, every Canadian has a connection to someone who fought for our county as part of the military.

Military veteran and Lacombe resident John Mellon enlisted in 1951 at the age of 21 and served in the Army Service Corps for 18 months as a driving instructor.

He said he attended the ceremony not for himself, but his father.

“My dad was wounded at Vimy (Ridge) in 1917 when he was found by two German prisoners and carried to a first aid station. He laid in a shell hole for three days in the mud and had nine pieces of shrapnel in his body.”

“He died in 1975 at the age of 83 with five pieces of shrapnel in his body yet. So today, is quite important to me.”

Mellon said he also uses Remembrance Day to remember his own service to the country and all the soldiers he trained with who went on to fight in the Korean War and never came back.

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