Mr. Speaker, this week, I have a very special member of my community, Cris Morant, who has celebrated his 100th birthday.
Cris is a World War II veteran who joined the British Air Force at the age of 18. Training as an electrical technician, Cris served in the 182nd Squadron of the Royal Armed Forces Servicing Commandos and repaired planes and equipment near the front line. After landing in France, he supported the front line as it proceeded to liberate France, Belgium, Netherlands and Denmark. After the war, he stayed in the Netherlands for two years to help rebuild the country.
As a descendent of Dutch immigrants, I would like to express my deepest gratitude for Cris's service. If it were not for the bravery and heroism of men like Cris, I would not be here today.
Cris and his family have since moved to Canada and have been calling Strathroy home for the last 30 years.
Happy 100th birthday to Cris. I thank him for his service.