A Drumheller man who gained international renown for cleaning the graves of war veterans in the local cemetery is being asked to help rededicate the cenotaph at a cemetery just outside of Calgary.
Eric Dahl received a call from Mountain View Memorial Gardens just east of the city, which has replaced a memorial sculpture that was stolen two years ago, asking if he would speak at the redidication.
"In that it's the rededication of a memorial, it's going to be more on why these memorials should be important to us as Canadians," he explained. "To remember the sacrifices and services that our veterans have given us and that they continue to do today."
Dahl sparked headlines across Canada and the US last fall when he decided to clean the grave markers of veterans in the Drumheller Cemetery in advance of Remembrance Day.
"I'm impressed that people still remember that aren't from here," he confided to 99.5 Drum FM. "It's a smaller community so, yeah, people know my name and what I have been doing locally, so for people to still remember that are so far away or not so connected to it, yeah I'm pretty impressed that it's still in people's minds."
"I would really like to be able to clean all the veterans' graves by this Remembrance Day," added Dahl. "I'm not sure if that goal will happen, but like I'd always promised, I'll be there until it's done, I'll keep up with it and I'll move on to the next cemetery in the closest town and take care of those veterans."
Eric Dahls Mountain View Memorial gardens speech is set for Saturday, September 30 at 10:30 a.m.