Remembrance Day

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Once again Remembrance Day will soon be upon us. Every year we gather at the Cenotaph where we honor our fallen soldiers. A lot of people show up for this special day. Most of us have lost someone.

This year will be different. There will not be parades to walk us from the Legions to the Cenotaphs or any ceremonies at the Cenotaphs. There will not be any one to play the pipes or the bugle. 

No Cadets, RCMP, Armed Forces, our Mayor, Legion Members or anyone else to carry on the services. 

This will be a bleak day for all of us. 

It has been suggested that we watch all Ceremonies on our tv’s, internet, or Facebook. 

At this time, I would like to present to you how our ceremonies would have gone this year.:

The first would of course be the famous poem written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae May 3, 1915 this poem was composed at the battlefront during the second battle of Ypres, Belgium

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow

between the crosses, row on row,

That mark our place: and in the sky

The larks still bravely singing fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead. Short days ago,

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved and were loved: and now we lie 

In Flanders Fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:

To you, from failing hands, we throw

The torch: be yours to hold it high.

If ye break faith with us who die,

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders Fields

We would then sing O’ Canada

The last post would have been played on a CD

11:00 am 2 minutes of silence

Lament played on the CD

Reveille played on CD.

 Reading the Honor Roll:

1914-1918

Clarence Bessette, P. Bessette, Claude Bessette, J. Bell, J. Ballestra, M. Clier, W. Cozeks, P. Durant, A. Earl, G. Earl, F. Fellingham, R. Gear, W. Gynne, A. Hanse, R. Horner, P. Joyce, A. Lawrence, H. Lawrence, W. Langston, W. Marshall, J. Miller, L. Metro, A. Smith, D. Smith, G. Smith, C. Saunders, S. Viscount, J. Ward

1939-1945:

J. Beck, W. Christien, C. Carey, D. Cleal, M. Gibson, A. McCrae, S. Olson, E. Schneider

Korea 1950-1953

Vietnam 1955-1975

Afghanistan 2001-2014

Peace Keeping

After the Honor Roll, we would read this prayer:

“Oh God we remember before you those who laid down their lives for freedom and truth. We commend their souls into your gracious keeping and pray that we may be worthy of their sacrifice. Help us to be faithful and true to those ideals for which they fought and died. May we continue to perpetuate the memory of our departed comrades, by our service to country, community, and comrades, and remembering our solemn obligation, may we ever pray- Lord God of Hosts; Be with us yet”

Lest we Forget; Lest we Forget

Act of Remembrance:

They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old.

                  Age shall not weary them

                 Nor the years condemn,

                 At the going down of the sun.

                 And in the Morning,

                 We will remember them.

Address would have then been made by the honorable Mayor Kevin Acton, and then Rick Fairbairn

The Wreaths would then have laid.

then the closing prayer:

 Our Heavenly Father, grant, we beseech you, to the loved ones of our departed comrades, your comfort and protection

Amen

Even though there will not be any ceremonies at the Cenotaph this year, please remember to buy and wear your Poppies

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