REMEMBRANCE DAY, 2018
We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who took part in our Ceremonies at the Gibsons Legion. It is an honour for the Legion to be able to put together an event such as this to pay our respects to our veterans past and present. It is a day for us to reflect and to cherish our memories. As you are aware, sadly, our older veterans have either become too infirm to be with us on this day or have passed away. We are grateful that we still have a contingent of veterans on the Coast that we are able to honour for their service to this country.
Our special thanks go to all the representatives of the various organizations on the Coast for attending and laying your respective wreaths at the Cenotaph. To our Air Cadets and Navy League Cadets for participating and looking so professional on parade and for the two Air Cadets who were on guard at the Cenotaph. You are a credit to your leaders. You make us so proud of you.
This event is very much a team effort and thanks go to our members who helped and also to the ladies of the Christian Life Assembly Church for their assistance with the food and all the donations received. To our setup team, a very important group who dealt with chairs, wreaths, music, and tables. To the ladies for wreath distribution. To the Pipe Band, both for the Parade and entertainment in the lounge afterward, always enjoyed by everyone. To the Colour Party who are always there for us as needed and to Frank Legros for raising and lowering the flag and to Ron Joyce for taking on the role of Parade Commander and keeping us all on our toes. To the school band for the rousing performance in the Hall and to Isa Spiegelman for the Last Post and Reveille superbly performed and Matthew Douglas for the rendition of “In Flanders Fields”. We are ever grateful to these young people from Elphinstone School and Mrs. Sara Douglas as their leader. To Darrin Cassidy for the performance of his own composition “Camouflage Cowboy”, which touches the heart of all who hear it. And, finally, to RCMP Staff Sgt. Polly Hallam, recently assigned to the Coast, for her interesting presentation and Pastor Jaz Ghag, our Chaplain for being part of the Ceremonies.
It would be amiss to not mention those who go out at various times of the day selling poppies. We seem to have a struggle finding people from the membership to assist but this year we were so lucky to have several groups of young people from the community very anxious to help. Thank you to Rob Ironmonger for distribution and collection of the boxes to the community and to Rhiannon, Carol, and Leona for counting and rolling all the coin. To date, we have had almost $12,000 donated, which is a record, these funds go to helping our veterans in need and bursaries for the Elphinstone Grade 12s.
We had an enjoyable afternoon of socializing and entertainment by Bernie and Red, an excellent day all around.
I am forever grateful to all of you for your support. My heartfelt thanks to all.
Lest We Forget Wilma Jones, President, Branch 109