Celebrating the Calgary Stampede Centennial while honouring history
Calgary – Today, four inspiring Calgary Stampede personalities were honoured with memorial benches at the High River Cemetery in celebration of the Centennial year. Guy Weadick, Flores La Due, Charles Bensel (father of La Due) and Margaret Fraser (Stampede Life Member) were recognized as important and inspirational people to the Calgary Stampede.
“This Centennial year has given everyone the opportunity to reflect on history,” says Rick Smith, of the Calgary Stampede Historical committee. “From Guy Weadick, the man with the idea to Margaret Fraser, one of the greatest volunteers in Stampede history, it is important to remember the people who have shaped the Calgary Stampede.”
The bench dedicated to Guy Weadick was jointly sponsored by the students of Guy Weadick School and the Calgary Stampede Historical committee. Weadick’s bench, along with the three other benches, are positioned in a cluster adjacent to the grave sites of Weadick, La Due and Bensel.
The benches dedicated to Flores La Due and Margaret Fraser were sponsored by Calgary Stampede Historical committee member Peter Pallesen in honour of his late mother, Florence Mannix Pallesen. The bench dedicated to Charles Bensel was sponsored by the Ten Day Tarmac Babies, a group formed for the Centennial year to sponsor a chuckwagon and includes a number of past presidents, board members and committee members.
The Historical committee preserves, presents and promotes the history of the Calgary Stampede and its affiliates, from the inception of the organization in 1884 to present day.
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