The Government of Canada's ‘Hometown Heroes’ initiative came to the region Saturday to celebrate one of Windsor's own.

A full military parade helped begin the commemoration of First World War veteran Rear-Admiral Walter Hose at Lasalle's Heavenly Rest Cemetery.

The former Windsor resident had a naval career spanning decades and is known as 'the father' of Canada's Naval Reserve.

Vice-Admiral Art McDonald -- the newly-minted, 36th commander of the Royal Canadian Navy -- remembered Hose as an integral part of Canada's naval history.

“At the helm of the Royal Canadian Navy during the turbulent interwar years, Hose weathered stormy times for our fledgling navy and ultimately ensured its survival,” said McDonald.

McDonald added not only was Hose an experienced marine, he had the political foresight to ensure the Navy's future success.

“Paramount to success was transforming the attitude of Canadians towards their navy for without their support, without your support, any hope of future naval defence spending would be bleak.”

Hose's grandson, Terry Leahey, was on hand to receive the recognition on behalf of his late grandfather.