06 March 2009

Pennfield Ridge War Memorial Service

The Charlotte Fundy Kin Club has decided not to host this September's memorial service at Pennfield Ridge. Therefore Pennfield Parish Military Historical Society has offered to host this year’s event.

The memorial stone, dedicated to those who served at Pennfield Ridge Air Station and Camp Utopia, was brought to fruition by the hard work and dedication of The Charlotte County War Memorial Committee. The committee members were J. David Stuart, Mark Pedersen, 250 RCAF (Saint John) Wing and Charlotte Fundy Kin Club. Smet Monuments of St. Stephen donated the stone itself with Charlotte Fundy Kin Club covering the cost of the sale taxes.

Phil Connell and J. David StuartPhil Connell, DFM and J. David Stuart

The dedication service took place on 24 September 2006 with approximately fifty (50) people in attendance. The Charlotte Fundy Kin Club hosted this service with participation from the 250 RCAF (Saint John) Wing Air Force Association of Canada. The Charlotte Fundy Kin Club also hosted the subsequent memorial services held in 2007 and 2008.

Dedication Service (2006)

On behalf of Pennfield Parish Military Historical Society I would personally like to extend a heart-felt thank you to the Charlotte Fundy Kin Club, especially Morris Harris and Wayne MacQuarrie, for hosting the events over the past three years. It has gone a long way in making sure our veterans are remembered.

The red ink of our freedom on the ledger’s bottom line is written indelibly in blood. Every November 11th we, as Canadians, gather across this land to honor the debt owed to our veterans. However, the debt is so large, that in reality it will never be repaid in its entirety. Still, remembrance of those who served is something we can achieve. That is why I feel strongly that this memorial service should continue to honor those who served at “the Ridge” and Camp Utopia.

Anyone with comments and/or suggestions please feel to contact us. Anyone willing to assist us in our endeavors in ensuring this worthwhile event continues also please feel free to contact us.

G. Christian Larsen
President, Pennfield Parish Military Historical Society
309 Mealey Road
Pennfield, NB
E5H 1T5
(506) 456-3494