Kirlfield, Oct. 10. (Staff) – A presentation and dance was held in Town Hall Monday evening in honour of the boys who have returned home from overseas and to present them with gifts. The former part of the evening was spent dancing. About mid-night, Dr. E.J. Anderson took his place on the platform and requested that the boys who have recently returned home to come forward, which included Bob and Bill Webdale, also Duncan McCallum, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry McCallum, and Tom Marran son of Mrs. Jennie Marran and the late Peter Marran. Mr. R.C. McKay read the following address:
We the residents of this community wish to take this opportunity to welcome back you, who have returned recently from service with the armed forces. Since we were last gathered together on a similar occasion several weeks ago, the entire scene, so far as the war is concerned has changed, and we are very glad that in extending this welcome, we do so with the happy assurance, that your home coming is a permanent one, and that you will not be called on to go to the far East to continue the job so well done on European fronts.
Doubtless during your months of training and active service, you looked forward many times to the time when you would discard the rigid routine of the army, or the navy and once again have the freedom you gave up, in the service of your country, and spend some time among familiar scenes and meet familiar faces.
Now that the time is here, we hope you may enjoy in a very full measure, your return home and feel that everyone is your friend, that we are all proud of you and of the record of the Canadian Army overseas which you helped to make.
The task which you have just finished, sets you above the average individual in as generous measures, as you yourselves held the men of 1914-1918.
The names of those men have endured as household words for more than a quarter of a century. The very mention that they were “returned men” immediately engendered a respect which sprung from the deeds they accomplished at Ypres, Passchendaele and Vimy Ridge. Now your names will be proudly linked with theirs for what you, and the others of this last great War did at Dieppe, during the battle of Britain on “D” day, the landings in Normandy and at Arnhem.
So we all heartily join in a cordial welcome home all you thought it might be, when you were across the sea and may success, prosperity and contentment be with you through all the years of your life, which we hope will be many.
At this point Dr. Anderson invited the boys, who had returned home several weeks ago to come forward and Mr. Bert Tough who served his King and country in 1914-1918 presented the boys with fountain pens in leather holders, quite a number were unable to attend so one of their household kindly accepted the gift on their behalf.
The boys who have recently returned home each in turn made a brief reply expressing their thanks and appreciation and also extended thanks to the Red Cross and Ladies Aid Society for the boxes they had received.
At a similar occasion several weeks ago quite a number of our boys had returned home and an address of welcome was read to them but the gifts were not available at that time so Monday night last was set apart.
The balance of the evening was spent dancing to splendid music supplied by Mr. Andrews five piece orchestra from Orillia.