Calmar Remembers

 

Residents of the Town of Calmar and surrounding area drew to the Calmar Royal Canadian Legion No. 266  for the Friday, November 11 Remembrance Day Service.  In honor of the many Canadian soldiers who have went to war to fight for our country's freedom, the annual Service of Commemoration began at 10:45 a.m. with the March on Colors followed by the entire house taking part in singing the national anthem.
In a warm introductory welcome by Pastor Dale Drager, a thought-provoking question was put to the gathering as Pastor Drager asked everyone to consider “Who would you be willing to die for?  Your children?  Parents?  Spouse?  What about a total stranger?”  Pastor Drager went on to remind us all that we gather on this special day in  memory of over 113,000 men and women who said 'Yes', they would give their lives for a total stranger, and many of them did.  Honoring the courage, bravery and valour of all those who fought in the World Wars, the Korean war, and our soldiers in Afghanistan,  Pastor Drager led the room in prayer, after which everyone joined in singing the hymn of Onward Christian Soldiers.  
At exactly 10:59 a.m., two minutes of silence were observed.  The laying of wreaths followed as such:
 
Corporal Paradis 
for all who fought and died in the World Wars
Corporal Brown
for all who served in the Korean war
Captain Hansen 
for all who have fought and died in Afghanistan
RCMP 
for Federal Government of Canada
Mayor Don Faulkner for MLA Diana McQueen 
Provincial Government
Cassie Thomas 
Ladies Auxiliary Calmar Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 266
Councillor Betty Glassman for Leduc County Mayor John Whaley
Leduc County
Councillor Michelle Borodawka 
Town of Calmar
Deputy Chief Robert Manchuk 
Calmar Fire Department
Rebecca Eilander 
Black Gold Regional School Division
Ruth Dubit 
Calmar Seniors
Scout Tanner, Austin Beaver and Cub Scout Colby 
Calmar Scouts and Beavers
Brandon Davies
Air Force
Kathy B  
Calmar PPA
Adam B  
British Armed Forces
Koos Vanderbeen 
Dutch Troops
Bert Brown 
for all who died at sea.
It was a heart-felt and moving ceremony in the Calmar Legion honoring all Canadian soldiers on Remembrance Day.  Following the singing of God Save the Queen, the public and all participants were invited to stay for a hot lunch, dessert and beverages, sponsored by the Calmar Ladies Legion Auxiliary.  While enjoying the delicious smorg, music and traditional dancers entertained.  
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