Four generations of military service

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Four generations of military service in the family is something George Dunn, a local retired Cold War soldier, said he is proud of.

The 69-year-old joined the Canadian Armed Forces when he was 18 and worked as a military policeman from 1967 to 1981. He said he joined the army because there weren’t many jobs available while living in Winnipeg, Man., in the 1960s. He served in Cyprus, Germany and across Canada.

“(It was a) good experience. That’s why my son joined and my grandson joined,” Dunn said.

His 43-year-old son, Lance, is a Regimental Sergeant Major in Valcartier, Que. He joined the army in 1994 and works in the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals.

Dunn’s grandson, Tyson, joined two years ago at age 19 and is currently stationed in Edmonton, working as a mechanic.

Ninety-three-year-old Tom Addinall, a local Second World War veteran who is also Dunn’s father-in-law, enlisted in the British Forces when he was 16 years old and served from 1941 to 1947 and from 1954 to 1964.

“Four generations – that’s hard to come by nowadays,” Dunn said.

Dunn is a member of the Royal Canadian Legion and was president of the Airdrie branch from 2002 to 2007.

His daughter, Courtney Wallace, said Dunn taught her to give back to war veterans through food drives and other initiatives.

“Dad always really tried to instil in us the importance of service, of giving back to other veterans in whatever way that we can,” she said.

On Remembrance Day, it’s important to take time to remember the soldiers that never made it home, Dunn said.

“I served with many soldiers from Korea (who served in the) Second World War when I first joined,” Dunn said. “A lot of them are gone now, so it’s nice to (remember them).”

This year’s Remembrance Day service in Airdrie will take place at Genesis Place Recreation Centre Nov. 11 at 10 a.m. Dunn said the service used to take place at the Town and Country Centre but a larger venue was needed to accommodate the amount of attendees. He said roughly 1,700 people attended last year’s service, so he recommends arriving early.

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