Saturday, July 14, 2007

God Bless Cpl. Jordan Anderson

Photo by: Patrick Doyle
The casket of Canadian soldier Corporal Jordan Anderson lies in front of his father James Anderson (left), his mother Sheila Anderson (centre), and his widow Amanda Anderson (R), at the National Military Cemetery during an interment ceremony in Ottawa on July 14, 2007.

In Ottawa, a light rain began to fall as a military honour guard carried the casket containing the body of Cpl. Jordan Anderson into Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church.

About 200 family members, friends and military personnel packed the tiny cathedral.

Cpl. Anderson's family had asked that no media or members of the public attend the ceremony inside.

Still, a handful of people turned out to watch the procession from across the street.

Some of them said more members of the public could have turned out to pay their respects.

Bert and Emma McCrossan drove from the city's west end to show their support for Canada's soldiers in Afghanistan.

"I thought there would have been more of the public to see this here today," said Bert McCrossan.

"They're representing us in Afghanistan."

To view or sign the guestbook for Cpl. Jordan Anderson, click here:

Obituary of a Hero:

ANDERSON, Corporal Jordan J. While proudly serving his country in Afghanistan, Corporal Jordan James Anderson died honourably on July 4, 2007 at the age of 25. Dearly beloved husband of Amanda (nee McGrath). Loving son of James and Sheila Anderson. Dear brother of Ben, Matt and Sam. Dear grandson of Margaret Anderson (late W.F.D "Andy"), Christina Cossar (late RCAF Captain Cy), Cleophas and Margaret Gubbels and Matt and Jean McGrath. Dear son-in-law of Teresa Pelda (Robert) and Timothy McGrath. Jordan will be dearly missed by his brothers-in-law, aunts, uncles, cousins, numerous friends and his beloved dog Penny. Friends are invited to visit at the Central Chapel of Hulse, Playfair & McGarry, 315 McLeod Street, Ottawa on Friday, July 13 from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church, 400 St. Laurent Boulevard, Ottawa on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Interment National Military Cemetery. Jordan was an avid reader, dog lover and was knowledgeable in many areas, such as history, politics and religion.
In lieu of flowers,
donations to the Hamilton Gault Memorial Fund for PPCLI Bursary,
care of RHQ 1PPCLI
P.O. Box 10500, Station Forces,
CFB Edmonton, Alberta, T5J 4J5,

or to
SPCA Edmonton,
12251-67th Street NW,
Edmonton, Alberta, T5B 1M8

would be appreciated. Condolences/donations/tributes at For further information, please call 613-233-1143.

Published in the Edmonton Journal from 7/13/2007 - 7/14/2007.

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