Lest we for­get

Kee­watin gath­ers for Re­mem­brance Day ser­vice

Kenora Daily Miner and News - - FRONT PAGE - KATH­LEEN CHARLEBOIS KCharlebois@post­media.com

Broth­ers Drake and Lo­gan Skead (l to r) laid a wreath for their great-grand­fa­ther Fredrick Skead at the Kenora Le­gion Branch 12 ceno­taph dur­ing the 2017 Re­mem­brance Day cer­e­mony Sat­ur­day.

Kee­watin com­mu­nity mem­bers filled the St. Louis School gym­na­sium for a sim­ple but solemn Re­mem­brance Day ser­vice on Sat­ur­day, Nov. 11.

As he de­liv­ered the cer­e­mony’s open­ing re­marks and the act of re­mem­brance, Com­rade Brian New­ton, who was in the army re­serves as well as an OPP of­fi­cer for 30 years, said he re­flected on how peo­ple in the armed ser­vice go through some of the same things that he went through in his job.

He added that he was “really pleased” with the ser­vice and the amount of peo­ple who came out.

The St. Louis School choir per­formed a ren­di­tion of In Flan­ders Fields as well as a song called A Wish for Peace.

George Storm was in the au­di­ence and said his younger brother Cpl. Al­bert Storm, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2006, is al­ways on his mind.

“He’s a part of our life and our fam­ily,” Storm said af­ter the ser­vice. “Re­gard­less of how we look at things for Re­mem­brance Day, men and women like Al­bert have made dif­fer­ences for other coun­tries as well as our own, so it’s an every­day re­minder.”

As the ser­vice ended, peo­ple were en­cour­aged to read the names of the sol­diers who gave their lives in World War I, World War II, Korea, dur­ing peace­time ser­vice and in Afghanistan, and to take a closer look at the pic­tures on the Kee­watin Vet­er­ans’ Mem­ory Tree.

There are now 99 pic­tures of peo­ple who had a Kee­watin con­nec­tion either through birth or res­i­dence, served in a branch of the armed forces and has passed away. The tree will be on dis­play at the Kee­watin branch of the Kenora Pub­lic Li­brary for the rest of the month.

SHERI LAMB/DAILY MINER AND NEWS

PHO­TOS BY KATH­LEEN CHARLEBOIS/DAILY MINER AND NEWS

Paul Landry takes a closer look at the pic­tures on the Kee­watin Vet­er­ans' Mem­ory Tree af­ter the Re­mem­brance Day ser­vice in the St. Louis School gym­na­sium on Sat­ur­day, Nov. 11. The tree will be dis­played in the Kee­watin branch of the Kenora Pub­lic Li­brary for the rest of the month.

The St. Louis School choir per­formed In Flan­ders Fields and A Wish for Peace.

Kenora Scot­tish piper Ce­cil Burns piped in the ser­vice and also per­formed the lament for the cer­e­mony.

Shirley Robert­son laid the Sil­ver Cross Mother wreath ac­com­pa­nied by George Storm.

Com­rade Brian New­ton led the ser­vice.

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