Memorial plaques for soldiers unveiled on Corner Brook Stream Trail

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CORNER BROOK  A pair of plaques have been unveiled alongside the Glynmill Pond in memory of Cpl. Brian Pinksen and Sgt. Craig Gillam, two western Newfoundland soldiers killed while serving with the Canadian Forces in Afghanistan.

The two men who shared a similar fate now share a single piece of granite in a serene setting far from where they gave their lives.

Representatives of both their families were present for an unveiling and dedication ceremony Saturday afternoon. Several dozen others were in attendance as well.

The plaques are located on the south bank of the pond, set just off the Corner Brook Stream Trail in a landscaped area featuring a short pathway and surrounded by flowers.

Sgt. Gillam, a member of the Royal Canadian Dragoons, was from South Branch in the Codroy Valley but his mother, Agnes Bishop, lives in Corner Brook. He was killed in action Oct. 3, 2006.

Cpl. Pinksen, who was from Corner Brook, was a member of the 1st Battalion of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment, and died Aug. 30, 2010 from wounds he had suffered while fighting in Afghanistan.

 

 

Organizations: Canadian Forces, Royal Canadian Dragoons, South Branch

Geographic location: Newfoundland, Corner Brook, Afghanistan.The Codroy Valley Afghanistan

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  • david
    August 05, 2013 - 11:24

    Place your bets on how long it will be before they're vandalized....over-under is 7 months.