November 19th, 2014 ~ Vol. 84 No. 45
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Honouring Remembrance Day
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
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Legion members, veterans, cadets, politicians and citizens gathered at the Blairmore Legion on November 11 for a wreath laying ceremony.
EZRA BLACK
Pass Herald Reporter
About 500 citizens attended a somber Remembrance Day ceremony at Crowsnest Consolidated High School (CCHS) on November 11th.
“This year our nation received a startling reminder that the struggle for justice, freedom and democracy is an ongoing one,” said MLA Pat Stier, “[The attackers] wanted to hurt our economy and they wanted us to doubt our values. In response to these murders Canada responded with a calm and courageous spirit.”
American Legion representative Roger Hancock attended the ceremony and spoke about the long history of cooperation between the United States and Canada.
“I bring you greetings from south of the border,” he said. “Canadian and U.S. troops have shared a bond of brotherhood since 1914 when U.S. citizens came north to join the Canadian military and fight in World War One. Today we are still brothers and sisters in arms.”
“A few short years ago, terrorism came to the U.S. homeland and today I’m sad to say it has arrived on Canadian shores with the death of two of your soldiers,” he said. “Again we must stand as brothers and sisters against this enemy.”
Bagpiper Bill Plant led about a dozen of the community’s veterans to their place of honour at the front of the auditorium, Walter Gail performed the Last Post and Sergeant at Arms Cody Spencer led the parade of colours.
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Mayor Blair Painter, Reverend Nicky Keyworth and Comrades Wayne Shaw and Lee Wiebe also addressed the crowd.
The Crowsnest Community Choir sang the Canadian and American national anthems, Song of Peace and God Save the Queen.
Later, a number of citizens gathered at the Blairmore Legion for a wreath laying ceremony.
Legion member Larry Lang said the recent attacks made it a particularly poignant day of remembrance.
“I don’t think Remembrance Day is ever forgotten,” he said. “[But] we came closer together in the last month.”
Blairmore Legion Sergeant at Arms Dean Lang echoed this sentiment. Lang is a navy veteran who served in numerous theatres including the Gulf War in 1991 and Afghanistan before retiring as petty officer second class.
“Remembrance Day is always of great significance but now a tragedy has come to our home soil,” he said. “As soon as we send our fighters over there, they’re not going to leave us alone any more.”
Wreath-laying ceremonies were also held at legions in Coleman and Bellevue.
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