They’re a lot like Winnipeggers’ Valour Road heroes, but in Selkirk, there are 29 of them.
A group of Selkirk residents are working to raise money to create a monument to a group men known as the Dufferin Gang, who lived in the same block of Selkirk and fought for Canada in the Second World War.
"I just can’t conceive of that happening. I mean, they weren’t going for a picnic! This is amazing stuff. I think it should be remembered," said Blaine McVety who is spearheading efforts with another man to create the monument.
Dufferin Avenue in Selkirk saw a total of 29 men enlist to fight for Canada during the Second World War. McVety said that’s the highest concentration of men from one block in the entire country.
Now McVety and Lorne Canvin want to build a memorial on a lot at the corner of Dufferin Avenue and Main Street.
"They’ll all be able to see the memorial, see the men and see the significance and recognize the significance of these men," said Canvin.
Canvin and McVety want to remind visitors of the impact people like Larry Fiddler’s uncle had.
Fiddler’s grandfather served in the First World War and the Second World War, while his uncle served in the Second World War.
"My uncle is one of the Dufferin Gang too. He joined the air force in the Second World War, and my grandfather was quite upset about that. I guess he never got to get back to tell him what he thought about it," said Fiddler.
Mae Gulewich said so many people on the block left to fight, her father lied about his age so he could go too.
Gulewich said the Dufferin Gang ended up saving his life.
"He got shot -- two bullet wounds in his leg, and they seen him laying in the mud. One of them fellas threw him on the tank and brought him back home," she said.
Gulewich said a memorial would be a fitting tribute to her father, who died last year.
Dufferin resident Margaret Johnstone would also like to see a memorial go up. She still lives in the same home she did when her father went to war.
Now, Johnstone can still point out all the homes on her block that had men who enlisted.
"The Fiddlers lived right across the street and the Littles lived there at one time," she said. "I’m glad that something’s being done because this future generation probably wouldn’t know anything about it."
The men have raised $6,000 for the memorial so far, and they are still accepting donations at the Selkirk Legion.