Lest we forget
Keewatin gathers for Remembrance Day service
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.
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.