Crowds gathered to honour Sgt. Eric Honeyman.

War hero returns home after 70 years

Crowds gathered to honour WWII soldier Eric Honeyman



Betsy Kline

 

Castlegar News

 

More than 100 people gathered at the West Kootenay Regional Airport on Saturday to pay their respects to Sgt. Eric Mitchell Honeyman, a US airman whose plane went down Dec. 23, 1944 during the Battle of the Bulge.

Representatives from the US and Canadian militaries, RCMP, Royal Canadian Legion, Air Cadets, Castlegar city council and Honeyman family joined grateful citizens as they honoured the World War II soldier.

Others lined up along the route of the procession waving Canadian flags.

The wreckage of Honeyman’s plane wasn’t discovered until six years ago in Belgium. After several years of research and recovery efforts, Honeyman’s remains, along with those of five other members of the B-26 crew were returned to their families, and on Saturday escorted from a DNA testing facility in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii to Castlegar to be met by the formal receiving line.

Honeyman was buried with military honours Monday in Trail alongside relatives. Although the lost soldier grew up in California, when the family was asked where they wanted his remains to stay, they decided on Trail, where his grandparents are buried.

 

— With files from the Trail Times

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just Posted

City of Castlegar treating weeds the next few weeks

City will be using organic product on sidewalks, traffic islands and parking lots.

17th Street closed intermittently today

Castlegar street will be closed for line painting

Summer reading fun at Castlegar library

Registration for second session in July 19.

Last stop: The inside story of Queen City Shuttle and Charters’ closure

Former employees open up about the Nelson company’s final days

Craft cannabis development planned for Castlegar

Plans are underway for one of the first craft cannabis industrial parks in the province.

Feds lowered poverty line, reducing the number of seniors in need: documents

Liberals introduced a poverty line that was below the prior low-income cutoff

BCHL: Alberni Valley Bulldogs have been sold

Victoria company has purchased BCHL team, but will keep it in Port Alberni

Justin Trudeau’s carbon footprint revealed in ranking of world leaders

Travel company ranks 15 world leaders’ foreign flight CO2 emissions

“Does Kirby care?” B.C. First Nation’s group using geo-targeted ads in Houston, Texas for justice

The Heiltsuk Tribal Council has called out Kirby Corporation for the Nathan E. Stewart oil spill

Trudeau announces $79M investment for 118 more public transit buses across B.C.

Contributions from municipal to federal level to fund more buses in a bid to cut commutes

B.C. woman wins record $2.1 million on casino slot machine

‘That night was so surreal … I wasn’t able to sleep or eat for the first two days,’ she said

West Kootenay U16 Rebels take home provincial gold

West Kootenay Rebels fastball team battle hard to win the BC U16C Fastball Championship

After B.C. dad’s death, Technical Safety BC wants changes to trampoline park rules

Jay Greenwood, 46, did ‘a series of acrobatic manoeuvres prior to a fall that caused serious injury and cardiac arrest’

$900M settlement reached in class action on sexual misconduct in Canadian military

After facing criticism, the government moved to begin settlement proceedings in early 2018

Most Read