Friday, November 18, 2011
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:
for all who fought and died in the World Wars
for all who served in the Korean war
for all who have fought and died in Afghanistan
for Federal Government of Canada
Mayor Don Faulkner for MLA Diana McQueen
Ladies Auxiliary Calmar Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 266
Councillor Betty Glassman for Leduc County Mayor John Whaley
Councillor Michelle Borodawka
Town of Calmar
Deputy Chief Robert Manchuk
Calmar Fire Department
Black Gold Regional School Division
Scout Tanner, Austin Beaver and Cub Scout Colby
Calmar Scouts and Beavers
British Armed Forces
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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