Remembrance Day ceremonies in the Battlefords and area

By Martin Martinson
November 7, 2018 - 5:00pm

Residents of the Battlefords and area are invited to take part in a range of Remembrance Day ceremonies held throughout the region Nov. 11, commemorating the 100th year since the armistice the Great War.

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 70, located in North Battleford, will host their Remembrance Day ceremony at John Paul II Collegiate.

The ceremony will begin with a march from the N.B. Legion Hall to JPII, leading into the service itself that will get underway at about 10:45 a.m.  

Louis Oster, secretary of the Legion, said all are welcome to join in the march preceding the ceremony and then once again to close things out.

“We line up at 10:15 a.m. and parade to JPII for the service,” she said. “Then when the service is over, we parade back here and that’s when the Legion will open up for lunch.”

In addition to the lunch, the Legion will also be hosting some musical entertainment, provided by The Friends of the Legion; a group made up primarily of members of the City Kinsman Band and Jazz Band, who volunteer their time each year to perform together for Remembrance Day.

At sundown, about 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., the ceremony will reconvene, with the bells of peace.

The cadets, along with some veterans who served, will ring the bell 100 times to commemorate the 100th anniversary of armistice, followed by Amazing Grace.

The Battleford Legion Branch #9 will also be hosting a ceremony, taking place at St. Vital School. 

Leading off the morning with a march from the Legion to St. Vital at 10:20 a.m. the service will begin at 10:45 a.m., and conclude with a final march to the cenotaph and then back to the Legion.

When asked about the importance of time spent in commemoration on Remembrance Day, Esther Delainey, President of the Battleford Legion, said remembering those who served and the sacrifices they made is integral to not only the community as a whole now, but the future generations to come as well.

“It is very important,” she said. “We need to pass it on to the younger generations [to keep the memory alive.]”

Pleased with the support from the community at large, Delainey also said that once again this year there will be many organizations stepping up to get involved with the ceremony.

The air cadets, the Canadian Legion of Riders, and even a scout troop will be volunteering their time and talents within the ceremony.

In Meadow Lake, The Royal Canadian Legion Br. #76 has a Remembrance Day ceremony at the Meadow Lake Civic Center at 10 a.m., Sunday.

Following the service, lunch will be served at the Legion.

At 2 p.m. the Meadow Lake Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron #520 will have a flag ceremony at the Meadow Lake cemetery to honor all veterans buried there.

 

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