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Colleen Fitzpatrick Chosen National Silver Cross Mother

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 @ 2:03 PM

Prince George, B.C.- When  Prince George gathers around the  Cenotaph in front of Prince George City Hall  this November 11th,   Colleen and Jim Fitzpatrick  will not be able to attend.

Colleen Fitzpatrick, image courtesy Royal Canadian Legion

Colleen Fitzpatrick, image courtesy Royal Canadian Legion

There  is a very good reason for their  absence,   as  Colleen has been chosen to be the National Memorial (Silver) Cross Mother,  and will  be placing a wreath at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, on behalf of all  Canadian mothers who have lost a son or daughter in the military  in the course of  his or her  normal duty. Colleen’s  husband Jim will be accompanying her.

Colleen and Jim’s son,  Corporal Darren Fitzpatrick died in  March of 2010 from injuries  sustained when  he stepped on an IED  while on patrol near Kandahar  Afghanistan.

Now,  through to  October 31st of next year,  she will be called upon to perform other duties honouring the Fallen from all conflicts.



It is a proud yet sad duty for the family

    I drove by the Darren Fitzpatrick Bravery Park Skate Board Park in the Hart today. It was great to see lots of kids outside enjoying this new facility. It is my hope that they understand who Darren Fitzpatrick was and why the park was named in his honour!

My thoughts will be with the Fitzpatrick family on Remembrance Day. Their family has done wonderful things for our community in honour of their sons memory. We should all take a moment to think of the sacrifice that Corporal Darren Fitzpatrick made for his country, and for his family that was left behind.

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