LGBTQ Soldiers Honoured
Soldiers who fought and died for freedom were remembered at ceremonies across the country Friday (Nov 11) but not all those who fought and died considered themselves to be free.
To honour gay and lesbian soldiers, Rob Eberly, dressed in drag as his persona, Mz. Rhonda, laid a wreath at the cenotaph in Calgary's Central Memorial Park, marking the first time the LGBT community has been formally recognized during a Remembrance Day service in the city.
Organizers think it is also a first in Canada.
War is hell, but it must have been even worse for LGBT soldiers, said Mz. Rhonda.
The wreath was supplied by the office of Veterans Affairs Minister Kent Hehr, and Mz. Rhonda decorated it with a rainbow sash, poppies and the letters LGBTQ.
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