3 Saskatchewan soldiers remembered through GeoMemorial program

Saskatchewan remembers three soldiers through the GeoMemorial program who made the ultimate sacrifice for Canada. File / Global News

Saskatchewan is remembering three soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice for Canada in the two world wars.

“Our government is honoured to recognize the heroic actions of our newest GeoMemorial nominees,” said Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Mark Docherty.

“Like the natural features named in their honour, these veterans are a part of our provincial identity and have helped shape our province into the safe, wonderful place it is today.”

The Geomemorial Commemorative Naming Program honours individuals who were born or raised in Saskatchewan and gave their lives serving Canada.

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Two lakes have been named for solders from the Second World War.

Gordon Lake is named after Pte. 1st Class Lawrence Samuel Gordon, who was killed in France in 1944. Gordon’s remains were initially misidentified as German and he was interred in a German cemetery.

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Gordon was identified through DNA and his remains were flown to Eastend where he was interred in August 2014.

Dreveny Lake is named after Sgt.Pavel (Paul) Dreveny, who was killed on July 13, 1944 when the aircraft he was a gunner in crashed in heavy fog.

Machan Island has been named after Pte. James Clyde Machan, who was killed in action while fighting at Passchendaele on Nov. 9, 1917.

“The GeoMemorial Program is a small way of thanking them for all they have done for Saskatchewan,” said Docherty.

Nearly 4,000 geographic features in the province have been named under the Geomemorial Commemorative Naming Program, which also recognizes people who have made significant contributions to Saskatchewan’s history and development.

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