Writer highlights Harbour Grace Memorial Day service
It was a march of pride, humility, honour, dedication, responsibility and love. This is what surrounded all who attended the Memorial Day parade in Harbour Grace on July 1.
This year, the Church Lads Brigade band kept us all in time, as we marched the mile to the Cenotaph. Some of use wore a floral spray of Forget-Me-Nots, which is the original emblem of July 1 in memory of the Battle of the Somme and Beaumont Hamel.
Jordan Dove, one of our CLB seniors, was chosen to attend that ceremony overseas and was asked to lay the wreath there in memory of our Newfoundland Regiment. What a great honour.
Back home, wreaths were laid first by our government delegates Scott Andrews (Avalon MP) and Sam Slade (Carbonear MHA) and one of our local RCMP officers, followed by all the service clubs and family and friends of all those who made that supreme sacrifice.
Comrade Walter Walsh was the master of ceremonies. All the local clergy were in attendance and the Legions chaplain, Rev. Linda Pike, opened and closed in prayer.
This whole event was organized and sponsored by the Royal Canada Legion of Harbour Grace with second vice-president Timmy Pasha presiding, with first vice-president Bern Pittman recovering from a recent illness.
Should any one wish to join our ranks, feel free to call secretary Barb Sample at 596-3935 or Timmy Pasha at 596-2123. “Lest We Forget.” Memoriam Eorum Retinebimus — Latin for “We Will Remember Them.”
— Joy French Coleman writes from Harbour Grace