Recently, I was asked to lend my voice to a video honouring one of the inductees at this year's London (Ontario) Sports Hall of Fame ceremony. I was honoured to do so, because the honourees in question were the 1971, 1972 and 1973 boys hockey teams from Oakridge Secondary School. I didn't play on those teams (something about a lack of talent) but Oakridge was my school for two of those years and we followed the '73 Oaks in out first year of college and attended the championship game that year, which happened to be in London. Attending the ceremony last Thursday evening, I was able to touch base with guys I hadn't seen for, at minimum, 45 years. We lost a few over the years and a handful of players didn't attend, but most did along with head coach Fred Israels, who looks fantastic. Friday morning, we all attended the school to get a tour from principal Mike Phillips and we attended the Remembrance Day assembly. I'm one of a very few to have been at that particular school assembly on both the 50th and 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, the conflict that took the life of my grandfather and man I was named after, Sergeant Christopher Mayberry. He is one of the 459 (276 from WWI) Commonwealth veterans buried in the war graves section of the Mount Royal Cemetery in Montreal. After the school visit, we retired for lunch at Joe Kool's, a now-legendary restaurant-pub owned and operated by my old Coombs Avenue 'hood bud Mike Smith. All in all, an extremely special and moving two days for me. And please make sure you pause to remember today on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of 1918 -- and the soldiers who gave up their most precious possession -- life on earth -- so we could enjoy the freedoms we have today.

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