Moose Jaw remembers
Young and old particpate in service at Mosaic Place
It was a solemn morning as dignitaries, guests and residents joined the city for its 99th annual Remembrance Day service Saturday at Mosaic Place.
“It’s always fantastic. I think it does a great honour of recognizing our service members past and present,” said Maj. Gillian Dulle, commanding officer of the Saskatchewan Dragoons.
The ceremony began at 10:40 a.m. with the bulk of the seats filled and many standing. The singing of O’Canada started off the service.
The crowd sang a hymn and a homily was read by Rev. Dr. John Kreutzwieser. Capt. Eric Davis, 15 Wing Padre read a scripture passage shortly after, and Rev. Doug Shepherd led all prayers.
Moose Jaw is rather unique because it’s not that large of a centre. We have quite a military presence on account of 15 Wing, the service clubs with the Legion, army and navy veterans club, and they all work hand in hand. Jim MacNeil
As many remember veterans who fought in the Second World War, the battle of Vimy Ridge and the battle of Passchendaele, Jim MacNeil, member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 59 said we should also remember those who fought in recent wars — like in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“Part of this ceremony started as only remembering the dead but now service members are just as big a part of it,” Macneil said.
The service featured the last post, a moment of silence, reveille and an act of remembrance.
“It’s the last salute to a dead service person,” said Macneil.
Cadet Alexis Valgardsson recited In Flanders Field.
Wreaths were laid at the memorial cross by representatives of all branches of military, members in various levels of government, and law enforcement.
Macneil was happy to see young people involved in the timeless ceremony.
“It’s quite a special occasion to see all the younger people out there take part and participate and remember,” MacNeil said.
Flight Cpl. Connor Johnson of the 40 Snowbird Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron lent a hand in organizing the event.
He said it’s important to learn about the history of those who fought in the wars.
“I feel like everyone should know and understand history. To learn those stories is better for all of mankind,” Johnson said.
He said the next generation should learn the importance of Remembrance Day.
“People died and they suffered at the hands of other aggressors in the world. I feel like everyone needs to understand and comprehend that so that they realize they are free and that’s because of the people that died,” Johnson said.
Joe Dueck, retired corporal, served in the armed forces for five years. He was in Bosnia for a peacekeeping tour in 1994.
He said Moose Jaw has a strong military presence with the Legion service club, Saskatchewan Dragoons reserve unit, the Royal Canadian Air Force Base 15 Wing and the three cadet programs — army, navy and air force — embedded in the community.
“It’s fantastic having a base in Moose Jaw here. As well as the armouries for the reserve unit, the Saskatchewan Dragoons,” he said. “We’re really blessed to have a good military presence in our city with all branches of the service represented as well.”
The organizations, although different, work together in the city,
“Moose Jaw is rather unique because it’s not that large of a centre. We have quite a military presence on account of 15 Wing, the service clubs with the Legion, army and navy veterans club and they all work hand in hand,” MacNeil said.
Dulle took over command of the Saskatchewan Dragoons in May, 2016. She deployed around the world prior to that.
“I have been in the military for 15 years. I joined right here in the Saskatchewan Dragoons,” she said. “I have served two operational deployments in Afghanistan.”
She said the Dragoons plan to host an open house next Saturday.
“It’s a way for us to train our soldiers but also keep that engagement and involvement in the community. We’ll have some of our patrols, patrolling the streets of Moose Jaw,” she said. “We’ll have an open house held right at the armoires so people can come by and see some of our displays and our history.”
The event begins at 11 a.m.
ABOVE: Colour guards stand tall at the Remembrance Day service Saturday at Mosaic Place.
FRONT PAGE: The young and the old join in laying down a wreath at the Remembrance Day service Saturday at Mosaic Place.
TOP RIGHT: Members of the Canadian Armed Forces lay down a wreath at the Remembrance Day service Saturday at Mosaic Place.
BOTTOM RIGHT: A member of the clergy recites a message from the bible during the Remembrance Day service Saturday at Mosaic Place.