Writer high­lights Har­bour Grace Me­mo­rial Day ser­vice

The Compass - - OPINION -

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

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