Leo J. Belanger
LJ served in the Second World War and was
one of many Aboriginal Canadians that served in the Allied Forces. In these three pictures
LJ is seen walking among the many graves of fallen comrades at Flanders Field in Belgium 50
years after he landed there under intense war conditions.
In the Other photo LJ is standing beside the monument in honour of the
Allied Forces that liberated Europe. The monument reads: Here on the
6th June 1944 Europe was liberated by the heroism of the allied forces. The other picture
appears to be inside an interpretation centre and LJ is standing in front of
an area that is in honour of Canadian Allied Forces.
Leo was visiting his son John and his wife Nora who were then living in Germany
as John was serving in the Canadian military. John today has served fifteen years
and has attained the rank of sergeant.
Wally K. Belanger, his oldest Son (child) recently took full
retirement from the Royal Canadian Air Force. He completed 25 years and retired a
Warrant Officer. He now resides and works out of Edmonton. Still
another son, a good friend of mine, is Buckley Belanger
who has just been elected the New Democratic Party Member of the
Legislature with the Romanow government in Saskatchewan. Buckley lives
in Ile-a-la-Crosse with his wife Becky and girls when not at the legislature in Regina.
Nowadays, LJ enjoys a good
meal of fresh fish, rabbit, ducks and grouse when he goes across the lake
where he has a cabin.
LJ as he looked back in those young days.
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