Air Force Heritage Park honours fallen airmen
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The family of Ralph Arsenault were on hand Friday afternoon at the Air Force Heritage Park for the unveiling of a plaque to commemorate the nine fallen airmen at Summerside's airbase. The family includes Randy Gallant, left, Shelley Arsenault, Helena Arsenault, Erin Arsenault-Gallant, Hannah Arsenault-Gallant, Norman Arsenault, Darlene Arsenault, Eldon Arsenault and Jean Arsenault
SUMMERSIDE – A bell rang through the whipping wind as the names of nine fallen airmen were called out.
Everybody hung their heads and remained hush, some out of respect, and some out of remembrance.
As Ralph Arsenault’s name was called, a crowd at the back of the V.I.P. tent remembered their family member.
Norman Arsenault took the chance to recall his brother’s affable nature.
“If (Ralph) had gotten up to the microphone to say thank you to everybody, he would have had somebody laughing, that’s for sure,” Norman said. “He would have done something funny.”
The Arsenault family was on hand at the Air Force Heritage Park on Friday for the unveiling of a plaque in honour of the nine airmen who had died on the base.
Four separate incidents are marked on the plaque, the last of which being the one that claimed Arsenault’s life at the age of 46.
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