On August 25, the Merrickville Legion Branch 245 hosted the launch of Merrickville’s Heroes through a limited edition book and website located on www.merrickvilleheroes.weebly.com which was funded in part by Veteran Affairs Canada. The celebration of life for the 31 veterans of the Merrickville area who fought and died in WWI began with greetings from Branch 245 President Lee Horning. Minister Steve Clark, MPP followed by speaking about how at his office it is the local history items that gain the most attention and was pleased to give people the opportunity to read about these local heroes. MP Conservative candidate Michael Barrett spoke next mentioning how as a recently retired veteran, he has great respect for those who have gone before him and thankful to see their stories preserved. Merrickville Councillor Victor Suthren spoke about the great sacrifice Merrickville and our country made and how great the losses were. Author Rob More finished by presenting the books to President Horning and speaking about how important it is to preserve the truth of WWI and serve as the voices of those who are no longer with us. Refreshments were served by Cassie’s Cookies who presented a cheque to the Legion for the purchase of a “There but Not There” silhouette to be on display at Branch 245. “There but Not There” silhouettes are a fundraising program for current returning injured veterans. A copy of the Merrickville Heroes book was also donated to the Merrickville Public Library. We would like to thank all who came to the launch and encourage everyone to check out the new website.