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Post by SniperGod on Tue 29 Jan 2019, 4:17 pm

ANAF: Many advantages to becoming a member

Published on: January 29, 2019

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Over the next couple of years we will look at the Army Navy Air Force Duke of Edinburgh Unit 201. Our veterans club is a service club of over 200 members. An organization that you should all want to belong to. You don’t have to be a veteran to join us. If you want to belong to our amazing group and all that we have to offer, it is advantageous for you to become a member.
ANAVETS has been located at 187 Front Street South since 1932 and it has been in existence since 1840. Visit our Facebook page: army navy and air force duke of edinburgh unit 201 and see what we are up to. Many of our activities are open to everyone; some that aren’t you can pay a small fee and join in. A few are for members only.
Application forms for membership may be obtained from our unit. You do need to be sponsored by two members so if you join us, get to know us, we will gladly enfold you in our club.
The Army, Navy & Air Force Veterans in Canada offers a one-year complimentary introductory membership to combat veterans, all honourably discharged CF personnel, current police and fire fighters.
A recent event was the celebration of Robbie Burns on Saturday, Jan. 26. There was even a guest appearance by the Bay of Quinte ANAF Pipe Band.
On Sunday, Feb. 3 we are hosting a Super Bowl Party with darts and cards games starting at 7 p.m. The club is filling up. Doors will open at 4 with a potluck supper at 5 p.m. Kickoff for the Super Bowl is at 6:30; come cheer on the Rams or the Patriots. For only $5 you can join in this fun.
Don’t forget our dart leagues (you can always spare); Marg’s Cards; The President’s Games; Jack’s Darts, Saturday night Euchre and our Challenge Sundays for members of the Legion and ANAF; coming up is Cribbage this Sunday at 11 a.m. at Unit 201.
On Saturday, January 19 Stephen Shirk of the Royal Canadian Air Force Association became the chairperson of the Belleville Veterans’ Council, taking over from Skip Solomon of the Canadian Army Veterans Motorcycle Unit, Afghanistan. Preparations are underway for the Vimy Ridge, Battle of the Atlantic and VE Day commemoration on May 5 at 1400 hours at the Belleville Cenotaph.
When we want to honour one of our members and his or her service while providing solace, we found a soft term to highlight their loss to us. ANAVETS has decided to use the term “They have joined the White Brigade.” Over the past year we have lost several members to the White Brigade including Tony Aide who joined in 2005; Al Pankhurst (recent Sick & Visiting Officer, member since 2009), John Doran (member since 2005), Fred Carmichael (member since 1953), Harry Dean (member since 1964), Linda McCormack (member since 2005). We wish them well in the White Brigade and thank them for their contributions to The Duke of Edinburgh Unit 201.
Remember to support our troops and wear Red on Friday.




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Post by Terrarium on Wed 13 Feb 2019, 8:19 pm

Local ANAF membership nearly 300

Published on: February 13, 2019

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The Army Navy Airforce Duke of Edinbugh Unit 201 veterans club is a service club of almost 300 members. An organization you should all want to belong to. You don’t have to be a veteran to join us. If you want to belong to our amazing group and all that we have to offer, it is advantageous for you to become a member. We will talk about other advantages over the next while.
Application forms for membership may be obtained from our unit. You do need to be sponsored by two (2) members so if you join us; get to know us, we will gladly enfold you in our club. To find out what we are doing check out our Facebook group at army navy and air force duke of edinburgh unit. You do not need to be a member to walk in our doors and enjoy with our comrades.
Many of our members are active military or are retired; family and friends; or people interested in being supportive of a Veterans Club and its members.
Many of our members become volunteers within the club to plan fun and enjoyment for all. In a previous article many of our activities were explained.
A little birdie has told me that there is going to be a St. Patrick’s Day Dart Tournament, open to everyone that can put together a team. More about that later or join our Facebook group and you can follow as we plan things. And even maybe a Mardi Gras party; Nascar is being mentioned. Stay tuned.
Remember that we have the weekly cards; darts and horse races that you can participate in.
The Canadian government is providing a Government Generated National Veterans Identification Card. An attachment and link for the form that must be filled out to obtain this ID. Any person that has retired/released the Canadian Armed Forces (honourably) is entitled to this government identification.
This ID allows the veteran to access many of the discounts that are provided by many companies out there. It can be accessed through: http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng OR https://www.canada.ca/content/dam/dnd-mdn/documents/military-benefits/20181203-vsc-application-form-dnd-9036-e.pdf
To tell you a little bit about me: I am the sister; granddaughter; cousin of a veteran. I am a member of the Frankford Ladies Auxiliary and have been a member of the Ladies auxiliary in Belleville for more than 41 years. My mother and grandmother were active members of the Ladies Auxiliary and my daughter is now as well; my mother was also a member of the Army Navy Auxiliary. I enjoy being around people and you should want to be as well. If you check out our Facebook page pictures are showing up of family members that served.
One of our jobs as millennials is to respect our past and to ensure that the consecutive generations recognize the past and the anniversaries that celebrate them. International Holocaust Remembrance Day, is an international memorial day; on 27 January commemorating the tragedy of the Holocaust that occurred during the Second World War. We need to recognize that these occurrences happened so that we can educate our youth. We will try to bring some of these to our column.
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Post by Mullberry on Wed 27 Feb 2019, 9:35 pm

Adding names will honour the dead

Published on: February 27, 2019 |

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The Army Navy Air Force Duke of Edinbugh Unit 201 has been located at 187 Front St. South since 1932. Visit our Facebook page: army navy and air force duke of edinburgh unit 201 and see what we are up to. Many of our activities are open to everyone; some that aren’t you can pay a small fee and join in. A few are for members only. Don’t forget our regular activities and the challenges between the Royal Canadian Legion and our club that are ongoing on alternate weekends.
We are family, friends and supporters of our veterans. Now our veterans are asking for help from the City of Belleville.
A cenotaph is an empty tomb or a monument erected in honour of a person or group of people whose remains are elsewhere. It can also be the initial tomb for a person who has since been reinterred elsewhere. Belleville Capt. Neil Burrell and Trenton Cpl. (Ret.) Robyn May will attend the March 11 council meeting to ask permission to add three names to the First World War monument in Memorial Park paying tribute to three of Belleville’s First World War dead.
The names of siblings David and Agnes Forneri and of Ellis Reid appear in Canada’s Books of Remembrance and the Canadian Virtual War Memorial, both maintained by Veterans Affairs Canada. But as a result of apparent oversights, Burrell said, the trio’s names aren’t displayed on the Cenotaph.
Volunteers of the museum joined last November with members of Hastings County Historical Society and the Community Archives of Belleville and Hastings County in presenting a small museum display honouring locals who served in the war. Last November 11 marked the 100th anniversary of the war’s end and, at that visit, John Geen spoke of two Belleville-born siblings whose names weren’t on the cenotaph.
Nursing Sister Agnes Florien Foneri was born April 18, 1880 in Belleville and died at Bramshott Military Hospital in England April 24, 1918. She was assigned to 8th Canadian General Hospital, Canadian Army Medical Corps. She also worked in military hospitals in Canada, England and France.
While tending to the wounded, she developed stomach ulcers and thought she just had food poisoning. She let it go for more than two weeks and started passing out at her duty station. It was more serious and she passed away.
“A lot of people don’t even know women served in the First World War,” May said.
If the project succeeds, Agnes Forneri will be the only woman whose name appears on the city’s First World War monument. According to May’s searches, other local women also served in the war but survived.
More about David Forneri and Ellis Reid in next couple of articles and the deputation to council.
“They’re veterans. They made the supreme sacrifice… We want to honour them in their hometown,” said Burrell. He’s the former adjutant of the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment, is a volunteer in its museum and served in Afghanistan.
The Belleville Veterans Council has provided letters of support for the project. A deputation to Belleville city council, the owners of the cenotaph, is scheduled for Monday, March 11. Council meets on the fourth floor of city hall. We hope to have supporters in the gallery. Dress is blazers and medals.
Let’s show our veterans from our past that we know how to support them and remember to support our troops and wear red on Fridays.





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Post by Victor on Thu 28 Mar 2019, 2:40 pm

Many activities planned at local ANAF

Published on: March 28, 2019

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The Army Navy Airforce Duke of Edinbugh Unit 201 has been located at 187 Front St. South since 1932. Visit our Facebook page: army navy and air force duke of edinburgh unit 201 and see what we are up to. Many of our activities are open to everyone; some that aren’t you can pay a small fee and join in. A few are for members only.
For people that come down to the club or want to; remember to check out the above Facebook group; we have our regular cards and darts and horse races; Sunday, March 31 a NASCAR party; third Saturday evening of the month is euchre; three new activity nights. We will be having a games night on Tuesday nights in March and euchre on Monday nights and cricket on Tuesday nights. These are for everyone. Come down and have some fun and meet our members; you could be the next one.

Our St. Patrick’s Day Dart Tournament had 21 teams. What fun. What a great success.
One of our members and former executive whom has joined the White Brigade is being honoured with an Annual Dart Tournament: Mary Martin Annual Memorial Mixed Doubles Dart Tournament will be held on Sunday, April 7 at 11 a.m. Part of the proceeds going to Canadian Cancer Society.

We are also having a craft/bake sale as a fundraiser for the Upper Lounge on April 14. We are looking for donations. Please let me know if you will be able to donate to this event. Thanks.

We talked in the last article about Agnes Forneri; this week we will look at Lieutenant David Alwyn Forneri’s life, her brother. Having worked as a bank clerk, on September 22, 1914 he enlisted with 73rd Battalion of the Canadian Infantry. He fought in many battles; was severely wounded and was killed by an artillery shell, his body was never recovered. He died March 1, 1917 in a battle at Hill 145. His name is on the Vimy Memorial in Pas de Calais, France with a grave reference stating:

‘To the valour of their countrymen in the Great War and in memory of their sixty thousand dead this monument is raised by the people of Canada.’

He is commemorated in the Canadian Virtual War Memorial and the Books of Remembrance. His name was left off the Belleville cenotaph simply by omission as the cenotaph wasn’t erected until several years after the armistice.
If you want to investigate about family members in the military you can search http://www.canadiangreatwarproject.com/searches/soldier for information or Canadian Virtual War Memorial.
Twelve years ago the Canadian Great War Project came on line for the first time. It was very simple in its early days, and through the efforts of enthusiastic volunteers has grown to be a significant resource for researchers interested in Canada’s involvement in the First World War.

“They’re veterans. They made the supreme sacrifice… We want to honour them in their hometown,” said Capt. Neil Burrell.

Their omission from it is believed to be accidental, he said. The cenotaph proposal calls for one name to be added to the bottom of three columns of names on the existing stone. They won’t appear in alphabetical order. This effort is only to add the names, since no ranks or honours of the other dead appear on the stone. The Belleville Veterans Council provided letters of support for the project. A deputation to Belleville city council, was successful on Monday, March 11; a ceremony is being planned for later.

Let’s show our veterans from our past that we know how to support them and remember to support our troops and wear red on Fridays.





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Post by Cooper on Wed 22 May 2019, 7:24 pm

Names to be added to cenotaph

Published on: May 22, 2019

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The Army Navy Airforce Duke of Edinbugh Unit 201 is a service club of almost 300 members. An organization that you should all want to belong to. You don’t have to be a veteran to join us. If you want to belong to our amazing group and all that we have to offer, it is advantageous for you to become a member. We will talk about other advantages periodically.

The project to get our comrades’ names onto the Cenotaph has been passed by Belleville city council at its March 11 meeting. The third nominee is Fight Sub Lt Ellis Vair Reid, DSC, born in Belleville on Oct. 31, 1889. He was killed in action in July 1917 and is not commemorated on our cenotaph. He was an Ace credited with 19 kills while flying a Sopwith Triplane (BLACK ROGER) and nominated for the DSO before going missing July 28, 1917. He has no known grave. He served in the Royal Naval Air Service as the Royal Canadian Air Force did not come into existence until April 1, 1924. He is listed on the Canadian Virtual War Memorial and on the Arras Memorial, Palais de Calais, France. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and recommended for the Distinguished Service Order. The Memorial Park in Belleville contains memorials to honour those men and women who gave their lives in the First and Second World Wars, the Korean War, Canada’s Merchant Marine, Peacekeeping, the Canadian Forces and Afganistan. It also contains the original First World War memorial from the Township of Thurlow.

Belleville’s original cenotaph was replaced in 2001. Parts of the original cenotaph were incorporated into the new memorial at the centre . The names of the war dead are now commemorated on flanking granite markers. Names of those who died in the First World War and the Second World War are on new granite stones flanking it. A new Merchant Navy monument is to the right of the First World War stone.

If you are looking for someone, try one of these sites. You can find personnel records, attestation papers at https://www.bac-ac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war; http://ontariowarmemorials.blogspot.com; http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/memorials/canadian-virtual-war-memorial

Come down and have some fun and meet our members; you could be the next one.

The Provincial Command conference was held April 26-28 in Belleville.

Let’s show our veterans from our past that we know how to support them and remember to support our troops and wear red on Fridays.





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Post by Simmons on Wed 29 May 2019, 8:46 pm

ANAF: Seventy-five years since beaches stormed

Published on: May 29, 2019

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The Army, Navy & Air Force Veterans in Canada is Canada’s oldest veterans’ association. Although the precise start-date is obscured by time, it is known that a charter was given in 1840 by Queen Victoria to create a unit in Montreal. It is felt units existed well before that time, perhaps as early as the Conquest of New France in the 1700s.

Throughout the past several years and decades, military throughout the world pause and reflect and celebrate the anniversaries of each historical event from the First and Second World Wars and any other war we may have participated in.

On June 6, 1944, Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy (France) to open the way to Germany from the west. Victory in the Normandy campaign would come at a terrible cost. The Canadians suffered the most casualties of any division in the British Army Group.

June 6, 2019 marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. Members of the public; the Government of Canada delegation including veterans, youth and Members of Parliament will be hosting and participating in France’s 75th anniversary events hosted by the Juno Beach Centre. At this ceremony Sgt. John Albert Collis will be interred at Bretteville-sur-Laze Canadian War Cemetery in France; his body found recently.

The Government of Canada will lead an official delegation to Halifax, Nova Scotia, where two public events are planned to commemorate the historic day and Second World War battle.

June 5, 2019 – Ceremony at Sailors’ Memorial, Point Pleasant Park when Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships pass the Sailors’ Memorial between Colours (0800 hours) and sunset, they will “pipe the still” to honour the fallen.

The Government of Canada will host a signature event at the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site on June 6. This meaningful location represents the end of the train journey across Canada and the departure point for many of our soldiers heading to war.

To commemorate these historic milestones there will be a number of events.

June 6, 2019 – Under command of the British Second Army, Canadians stormed the shores of “Juno” beach through rough water, beach obstacles, wire, mines and gunfire. Seventy-five years later Canadians will gather at Juno Beach to commemorate their service and sacrifice.

On June 12 the Commonwealth War Graves will become the home to the remains of 18-year-old Private George Alfred Newburn who died on August 15, 1917. His remains were found almost 100 years after he died.

Thousands of soldiers’ bodies were never found because things happened quickly and temporary sites were found for the dead and then, through all of the chaotic movements, records got lost.

I actually talked to a gentleman a couple of weeks ago that was going to the Netherlands to the site where his uncle was found in the past year. He was going to the farm where he was found to meet the family that found him.

We need to honour and recognize the battles and the soldiers that were lost and those that survived. Many of them could be found and we need to keep the history alive so when the next generations hear about these finds they will understand the significance and loss.

We can do this by wearing red on Fridays to support our troops and pause on each of these anniversaries and think of those who were lost; those that have been found and those still to be found.





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Post by kodiak on Wed 26 Jun 2019, 2:28 pm

ANAF: Ceremony planned for cenotaph dedication

Published on: June 26, 2019

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The Army Navy Air Force Duke of Edinburgh Unit 201 has been located at 187 Front St. since 1932. Visit our Facebook page: army navy and air force duke of edinburgh unit 201 and see what we are up to.

Our Friday night Blind draw doubles are still continuing Friday nights and the Wednesday night Summer Darts are continuing.

There was a successful Father’s Day Golf tournament everyone enjoyed followed by a meal, beverages and door prizes at the club. Our final golf tournament of the year will be September 15.

Our next celebration at the club is on July 1. It is members’ appreciation day. The club is open for all but members get their food for free. Join us and meet our members and enjoy the Shadowz from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The names of siblings David and Agnes Forneri and of Ellis Reid appear in Canada’s Books of Remembrance and the Canadian Virtual War Memorial, both maintained by Veterans Affairs Canada, but the trios names aren’t displayed on the Cenotaph.

Belleville Capt. Neil Burrell and Trenton Cpl. (Ret.) Robyn May researched and went to Belleville city council to have that oversight fixed. They were successful. On Sunday, July 28 at 1300 an unveiling and rededication will take place at the Belleville Cenotaph in Memorial Park on Station Street. Their names will be added to the First World War tablet. It will be a full day of celebration to honour these three and our other fallen. At 10 a.m. there will be a VIP reception in the Sr. Ranks Mess at the Hastings Prince Edward Regiment Armouries. A Learning fair will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1400 until 1700 within the Armouries. Come out and enjoy the full day.

If you are looking for a fallen soldier check out the Canadian Virtual War Memorial and the Books of Remembrance.

If you want to investigate about family members in the military you can search http://www.canadiangreatwarproject.com/searches/soldier for information or Canadian Virtual War Memorial.

Twelve years ago the Canadian Great War Project came online for the first time. It was very simple in its early days and, through the efforts of enthusiastic volunteers, has grown to be a significant resource for researchers interested in Canada’s involvement in the First World War.

The Memorial Park in Belleville, on Station Street, contains memorials to honour those men and women who gave their lives in the First World War, the Second World War, the Korean War, Canada’s Merchant Marine, Peacekeeping, the Canadian Forces and Afghanistan. It also contains the original First World War memorial from the Township of Thurlow.

Belleville’s original Cenotaph was replaced in 2001. Parts of the original cenotaph were incorporated into the new memorial at the centre. The names of the war dead are now commemorated on flanking granite markers. Names of those who died in WWI and WWII are on new granite stones flanking it. A new Merchant Navy monument is to the right of the WWII stone.

Drop into our club throughout the summer and enjoy a cold beverage on those hot days and meet some of our members. We are open Wednesdays thru Saturday at 1:00.

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Post by Derring on Wed 10 Jul 2019, 12:56 pm

ANAF: Groups work together for common cause

Published on: July 10, 2019 |

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ANAVETS has been located at 187 Front St. South since 1932 and it has been in existence since 1840. Visit our Facebook page: army navy and air force duke of edinburgh unit 201 and see what we are up to. Many of our activities are open to everyone; some that aren’t you can pay a small fee and join in. A few are for members only.

The Duke of Edinburgh Unit 201 is part of a prestigious group called the Veterans of Belleville Council, as it was originally known, formed in April 1970. The name was officially changed to “Belleville Veterans Council” in 1990. It was originally formed for the sole purpose of sponsoring the Remembrance Day banquet but was later expanded to co-ordinate all veterans’ activities above the club level in the city of Belleville.

Now they plan a Drumhead service or church parade to commemorate VE/D Day; the Battle of the Atlantic and Battle of Vimy Ridge on the closest Sunday to the date; and the Annual Remembrance Day Parade held each November 11.

The council was originally formed with representatives of the four veterans’ groups in Belleville: Duke of Edinburgh Unit 201, ANAF; Branch 99, Royal Canadian Legion; 418 Wing, RCAF Association; Branch 587, Ex-Servicewomen, RCL (surrendered Charter); The Hastings & Prince Edward Regimental Association was admitted to the Veterans’ Council in 2000 and in 2010 the 1st CAV (Canadian Army Veterans) Motorcycle Unit, Afghanistan joined.)

The results of the council, since its formation, have been phenomenal. Cooperation between the associations exemplifies the motto, “In Unity Lies Strength.”

Watch for more news from this group.

The Friday night blind draw doubles is continuing throughout the summer. Come play with some good and fun dart players. Registration is at 7 p.m.; play at 7:30 for only $5.

The Wednesday night darts will continue into late August, they can always use spares.

Renovations are still taking place upstairs.

We mentioned before some of the available scholarships. The Daniel F. Foley deadline of August 1 is coming up and is available to direct descendants (children, grandchildren, great grandchildren) of members of The Army, Navy & Air Force Veterans in Canada attending any year of university or college courses leading to a degree or diploma.

The scholarship has been created by ANAVICUS, which is The Army, Navy & Air Force Veterans in Canada-United States Unit created within the American Legion to foster a goodwill partnership between veterans of the United States and Canada.

The scholarship of $1,000 USD will be awarded annually and the recipient will be chosen by the ANAVETS board of directors at its annual board meeting in September. Applications need to be postmarked no later than August 1 of your attending year to be eligible for consideration. You can access it at http://anavets.ca/scholarships/judge-daniel-f-foley-memorial-scholarship. Please encourage family members to apply.

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Post by Mojave on Tue 20 Aug 2019, 7:21 pm

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