Saturday, November 12, 2016

Lest We Forget

When you wear that poppy

Hello There, Viv here once more to share this year's Remembrance Day Ceremony to thank the men and women who bravely served from our region.  We gathered in the gym of  our little school. and the ceremony began with the school choir singing.

Our Master of Ceremonies, Courtney Wall, also read the Gospel, and a poem, Last One Standing, written by Alexa Sjodin, Haley Batson and Natalie Thompson.
Courtney Wall, as always, a perfect Master of Ceremonies

Our local veterans proudly assemble

Our veterans proudly assemble to be honoured and remember their comrades who gave their lives for our freedom.
This event, as it should be is one of the most well-attended events in our tiny village of under 350 people.

This event, as it should be is one of the most well-attended events in our tiny village of under 350 people.
The March on the Flag by our young cadets

The Voices United Community Choir seen here in the background.

Assembly with songs by Voice United Community Choir

The March on the Flag was performed brilliantly by our young cadets.

After the March on the Flag, the school choir and Voices United Community Choir led us in singing "O Canada". I am so very proud to be a Canadian and always get goosebumps when I am privileged to join in singing our national anthem. The best of all blessings, is to have my husband beside me, who became a Canadian citizen 3 years ago. As we also sang, God Save The Queen, we were reminded of his British heritage and how fortunate we are to have a choice of where we live. Canada is home and we thank God for our little village, which Brian says reminds him of how England used to be when he was a young lad. 
The Reverend Bill Drysdale gave a beautiful invocation prayer, after which the School choir and Voices United Community choir sang O God Our Help In Ages Past.

The poem, In Flanders Field was read by Meg Troop.

Last Post and Reveille we played by Jim MacTavish, on either side of The Act of Remembrance, Two Minutes of Silence.
The Wreaths had all been laid, the school choir sang, We Remember

The wreaths laid, the school choir then took their places to sing a beautiful rendition of We Remember.
Sonny McCarron assists Val Fagan to lay a wreath
Sonny McCarron assists Valerie Fagan, our last remaining WWII veteran with laying a wreath.
Veterans Val Fagan escorted by Sonny McCarron
With pride and honour, he then escorts our, Val out after the parade.
On Rembrance Day, we can't help but think about all our loved ones and neighbours who have left us, especially since this past year. As we convene again in this gym, we remember having to leave quite quickly last year for the funeral services of two of your young men in the village, Colby Callender and Chad Alder who died that week in a terrible car crash. My heart breaks for their families and friends.

It was so hopeful and encouraging, though to see Jason Bourque and how far he's come in a year. He's fought a tough battle and has a long road ahead, but he looked so handsome today with his poppy on.

Sonny McCarron was visibly emotional as he thanked everyone who attended the ceremony for the support of our local veterans, saying, "It really means a lot to have such a great turn out." When I spoke to him outside to thank him for his service and the dignity with which he escorted and supported Val Fagan, he said, "It is so nice to see support for the younger veterans is now happening and increasing". I agreed and reiterated that they have fought, and are still fighting and need their country to support them and their families with humble gratitude for their service.

Reverend Bill Drysdale gave the Benediction and a Blessing before the March Off the Flags and we dispersed to once again go back to our peaceful lives paid for by the brave men and women who have paid, many with their lives for us to have this privilege.

Until next time, hold each other close. Be kind to one another. Remember the wounds of war cannot always be seen and everybody is fighting some kind of battle.


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