Several families in Asquith are heartbroken after thieves helped themselves to priceless war memorabilia Tuesday.
RCMP are investigating the early morning break-in at the seniors centre in the community east of Saskatoon.
The theft is hard for Glenda McTavish to accept. Her grandfather’s Second World War medals are among the heirlooms taken from their glass cases at the centre.
“My grandfather put his life on the line for us as a country to walk free. These medals were a part of him and he cherished them very much,” McTavish said. “It’s just devastating.”
RCMP confirmed Thursday a First World War memorial cross and British campaign medal was stolen, in addition to Italian, French and German campaign stars and medals from the Second World War.
“All of these medals are precious family heirlooms,” the RCMP said in a news release. “Particularly the Memorial Cross, which was issued as a memento of personal loss and sacrifice on the part of mothers and widows of Canadian soldiers who died for their country.”
A Facebook post by McTavish about the thefts has been widely-shared online. She hopes the thieves will do the right thing and return the medals.
“We just want them back so my kids can see them and cherish them.”
The RCMP is asking anyone with information regarding the theft or whereabouts of these medals to contact the Warman detachment at 306-975-1670 or their local police service.