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Lest We Forget; One Family’s Way of Remembering and Honouring Their Family’s Veterans

I had the utmost pleasure in having a timely newborn session that deserved my sharing the story behind the images.  During the pre-session planning, Mom and I chatted about her vision for her newborn baby’s portraits that I had been commissioned to capture.  Mom spoke of a few items she would bring to use in some of the photographs.  I was excited to have the chance to create some images that honoured the veterans in their family while also building a memory that focused on the newest generation.


Case embracing his family’s military history.  Memorabilia include Dad’s beret, Case wearing his combat scarf he wore in Afghanistan in 2003, medal, sniper badge from the 3 RCR parachute regiment.


The veterans; left, Great grandfather Robert and right, Dad Kurtis.

1. Robert John Kirkwood

Great Grandfather Robert enlisted on October 2nd, 1942. He served in Canada, Britain, Central Mediterranean Area and Northwest Europe. He had an honourable discharge as a private on August 28, 1946.

Medals and Decorations: 1939-45 Star, Italy Star, France and Germany Star, Defence Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with claps and War medal 1939-45 (lapel pin represents these)
He later joined the reserves and served until 1964.

The bracelet pictured above on top of the beret lists some of the places he went (including Bologna, Pisa, Naples)

  1. Kurtis Nelson Manion

Kurtis joined the military in 2001 when he was 17 years of age. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Regiment 3rd Battalion.  He was a sniper with the 3RCR Parachute Regiment.  His time in the military included a tour of duty in 2003. He left the military as a corporal in 2006.

Pictured laid upon son Case is Dad’s medal he received from his tour in Afghanistan in 2003.

(family photos and detailed information shared with permission by the Manion family)

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