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Letter to the Editor: Looking for recognition for deceased war hero – Rex Probert

A letter to the editor from Russ Ayerst

The month of November is a time to reflect and remember as Moose Jaw Express has given recognition and stories on many (veterans). I recently visited the site honouring William Johnstone Milne. It is located west on Caribou St from Thatcher – 29 kms turn south 3 km and there is a plaque and flags honouring him. While passing Rosedale cemetery where many vets are interred, my thoughts were directed to one who has been recipient of very little recognition. The veteran to whom I refer was raised in Moose Jaw, raised his own family in Moose Jaw, had a business on Main Street in Moose Jaw for many years and is interred in Moose Jaw. His WWII service was highlighted with being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC), which I believe is one of the highest honours a pilot can receive in war time. 

As Moose Jaw is an international centre for training military pilots, its ironic Moose Jaw has neglected a resident and holder of DFC. Some cities name streets schools bridges after heroes who hold a DFC or Victoria Cross...not Moose Jaw...Moose Jaw struggles with names of honour and dignity. The gentleman with history is Moose Jaw and recipient of the DFC is REX PROBERT. 

The current project honouring and giving recognition to veterans is applauded. I forward this letter to the editor with the suggestion for the Powers that Be REX PROBERT should be recognized in the highest order. A suggestion would be 9th Ave SW could end at Bradley street with Rex Probert Way continuing south through airport to #2 Hwy. Maybe city hall could go for and do something with a name to give them honour and dignity. Recognition such as this will take resolve, intellect and fortitude. It will be interesting to see what 2024 brings.   

Russ Ayerst 

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication. 

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