We will re­mem­ber them

Moose Jaw Times Herald - - OPINION -

vet­er­ans on Re­mem­brance Day in our home­town. And later on, as a young Air Cadet, it was with great pride and hon­our that I marched be­hind these he­roes of democ­racy and free­dom on Re­mem­brance Day, re­call­ing those who made the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice and whose names will be for­ever re­mem­bered.

Thank you to all who help make our lo­cal Re­mem­brance Day ser­vice mean­ing­ful. The ser­vice is par­tic­u­larly im­pres­sive in Moose Jaw thanks to the pres­ence of 15 Wing per­son­nel, the Saskatchewan Dra­goons, Cana­dian Forces Padres, the ANAVETS and our Air, Army and Sea/Navy Cadets.

My grat­i­tude goes es­pe­cially to Royal Cana­dian Le­gion Branch No. 59. They have been or­ga­niz­ing the Re­mem­brance Day ser­vice in Moose Jaw since 1959. Their mem­bers spend the weeks be­fore Nov. 11 or­ga­niz­ing the Poppy Cam­paign, hav­ing Re­mem­brance Day ser­vices in seniors’ homes, and at­tend­ing cer­e­monies in our schools. Across the coun­try, the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion is re­spon­si­ble for plan­ning and co-or­di­nat­ing an­nual Re­mem­brance Day cer­e­monies in com­mu­ni­ties large and small, in­clud­ing the na­tional cer­e­mony in Ot­tawa.

The Royal Cana­dian Le­gion does tremen­dous work in sup­port­ing vet­er­ans and present mil­i­tary mem­bers. Any­one can join the Le­gion to make a dif­fer­ence in the lives of vet­er­ans and their fam­i­lies. They have an ex­cel­lent web­site with many sug­ges­tions of ways to re­mem­ber and sup­port those who have an­swered the call to serve our coun­try.

A visit to a war me­mo­rial is a good way to hon­our those who have served. In Moose Jaw, I am re­minded of me­mo­ri­als in place on the Pea­cock Col­le­giate grounds along First Av­enue North­east and in nearby Cres­cent Park.

The Saskatchewan War Me­mo­rial on the leg­isla­tive grounds lists the names of Saskatchewan’s fallen from the First and Se­cond World War, Korean War, peace­time and peace­keep­ing op­er­a­tions, and the Afghanistan mis­sion.

The Saskatchewan Vir­tual War Me­mo­rial, an on­line com­mem­o­ra­tion of Saskatchewan’s war dead, sup­ple­ments the phys­i­cal mon­u­ment. The on­line data­base at www.svwm.ca fea­tures more than 11,000 war ca­su­al­ties, along with their sto­ries. Ac­cord­ing to the Saskatchewan Vir­tual War Me­mo­rial, since the be­gin­ning of World War One, 550 brave sol­diers from Moose Jaw gave their lives for the sake of oth­ers.

The pres­ence of 15 Wing Moose Jaw per­son­nel and the mem­bers of the Saskatchewan Dra­goons in our com­mu­nity keep us aware of those who con­tinue to stand in de­fence of free­dom. On Re­mem­brance Day and ev­ery day, may we be grate­ful to them, re­mem­ber them, and each do our part in pro­mot­ing peace for all.

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