Horace Warden, with his wife Donalda, and his latest volunteer medal in his hand.

Red Deer war veteran honoured for helping others

Horace Warden received a volunteerism medal from the Governor General

A Korean War veteran who helped more than 1,000 soldiers’ families access military pensions, medals and compensation was honoured with the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers from the Governor General.

Getting the tribute is “pretty wonderful,” said Horace Warden, who spent his retirement assisting other veterans, their children and widows through the Red Deer’s Royal Canadian Legion.

Whether helping a former soldier gain compensation for his post-traumatic stress disorder, or assisting children to receive their father’s medals, “I enjoyed it enormously,” said Warden, 84.

His wife said Warden never turned away anyone in need. “He worked every day but Sunday — and even some Sundays,” added Donalda Warden, who’s proud of her husband’s dedication.

Warden, who retired in 1996, worked as a Michener Centre aide and a forest ranger after leaving the military.

As a soldier, he fought in Korea. Warden was also a peacekeeper in Germany and in the Congo, where he sustained a head injury after being hit with the rifle of a Congolese soldier who mistook the Canadian regiment for Belgians.

As a lifetime Legion member, the devoted father of four step-children spent his post-employment years in service to other veterans as past vice-president both of the Legion and the Korean War Veterans group.

Warden assisted with the annual Poppy Campaign and other fundraisers. He helped distribute Legion funds to veterans in financial need, and helped bring the large gun stationed outside the building to Central Alberta from Quebec.

One widow of a soldier who’d been exposed to a mustard gas at the CFB Suffolk received, with Warden’s help, the $50,000 in compensation her husband had had been owed. “People were so grateful to him,” said Donalda.

Warden is among 10 Red Deer residents, including Red Deer legion president Bev Hanes, who received Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers. The medal that replaces the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award recognizes exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians in a wide range of fields.

Warden previously received municipal recognition, as well as commendation from the Minister of Veterans’ Affairs. One of his greatest honours was travelling to South Korea with other war veterans in 2005 to be honoured by that country’s president.

lmichelin@bprda.wpengine.com

Just Posted

Local church welcomes LGBTQ community

Gaetz Memorial United Church declares itself an Affirming Ministry

At mid-mandate and with extra cash, Liberals to chart fiscal course toward 2019

OTTAWA — The Trudeau government, right at the midpoint of its mandate,… Continue reading

Man killed in collision near Markerville

A 55-year-old man is dead after a collision near Markerville Friday night.… Continue reading

La Loche school shooter carried out plan with ‘stark efficiency:’ Crown

MEADOW LAKE, Sask. — A Saskatchewan judge is weighing whether a teenager… Continue reading

Castor triple-murder trial resumes on Monday

Trial was delayed two weeks for two men accused of killing Castor-area family

WATCH: A magical Harry Potter weekend in downtown Red Deer

Wizards, witches and muggles are flocking to downtown Red Deer to celebrate… Continue reading

B.C. ice rink where 3 people died remains closed due to safety concerns

FERNIE, B.C. — Residents who were forced from their homes because of… Continue reading

Trudeau condemns appointment of Mugabe as WHO ambassador

EDMONTON — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the appointment of Zimbabwe President… Continue reading

Friday Oct. 21: Winning Lotto Numbers

Friday, October 20, 2017 LOTTO MAX Winning Numbers 1 4 12 27… Continue reading

New northbound Hwy 2 lanes at Gaetz Avenue to open this Sunday

Drivers heading north through Red Deer on Hwy 2 will have a… Continue reading

Sockey Night at Saturday’s Rebels game

United Way Central Alberta is determined to provide warm feet for all… Continue reading

Canadian planet hunter seeking alien life

‘The shifting line of what is crazy’ says Toronto-born astrophysicist

All three victims identified in Fernie arena ammonia leak

Wayne Hornquist and Lloyd Smith were from Fernie and Jason Podloski from Turner Valley, Alta

4 B.C. prisons install body scanners to combat drug smuggling

The scanners are aimed to combat the smuggling of contraband including weapons and drugs

Most Read


Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month