Mor­rin Com­mu­nity Cal­en­dar

The Drumheller Mail - - WORKS! - Darcy Gra­ham 403-772-3747

And win­ter strikes again...I didn’t think it was ever go­ing to quit snow­ing! I was sure glad we didn’t have to ven­ture out onto the high­ways. It was none too warm either... the mer­cury dropped down to -25 out here in Mor­rin, and I see as I write this Mon­day morn­ing that it looks to be even colder to­day...br­rrr! I guess the bright side is that it does help one get into the Christ­mas Spirit.

And hav­ing said that, I see from the Mor­rin Cor­ner and Area page that just a lit­tle over a month down the road is the Turkey Bingo night at the Mor­rin Com­mu­nity Hall and this year it is set for Wed­nes­day, De­cem­ber 13.

And with Christ­mas just weeks away, many com­mu­ni­ties are busily pre­par­ing to host a spe­cial, sea­sonal craft show. Our Mor­rin Christ­mas Mar­ket is com­ing up soon...this year, on Sun­day, Novem­ber 19 from 11-3 at the Mor­rin Com­mu­nity Hall. I see from the on­line post that the or­ga­niz­ers have cin­na­mon buns, lunch and 30 ta­bles booked. So come and check it out if you like...there are sure to be many cre­ative trea­sures and use­ful wares on dis­play.

As for me, I do not have a craft­ing bone in my body but I do get to help out with the mu­sic for Re­mem­brance Day with the el­e­men­tary kids at the Mor­rin School, and the memo­rial ser­vice will be com­ing up this Fri­day at 10:45 a.m. in the school gym­na­sium. In the ten years we have lived in Mor­rin, we have tried to attend the school ser­vice each year. We are al­ways im­pressed with how the staff guide and in­volve the stu­dents in the re­mem­brance cer­e­mony and with the sim­ple rev­er­ence of the an­nual pro­gram.

And as I re­fer back to my notes from last year, I vividly re­mem­ber brave sol­dier Randy Wil­ton who de­liv­ered an in­for­ma­tive, thought­ful pre­sen­ta­tion of his Cana­dian Armed Forces ser­vice from 2005-2006 in Afghanistan.

He showed us slides and told us all about the lit­tle chil­dren they met and how the troops sur­vived in the heat of the desert. He talked about how they slept...in the sand...in the shel­ter of a blown up ruin...maybe on a cot...maybe with a tarp cov­er­ing. He talked about what they ate...wa­ter­mel­ons and grapes to stay hy­drated in 100 De­gree temps. And fi­nally... he talked about how he and his fel­low sol­diers be­came best friends...he called them his “fam­ily.” It was in­ter­est­ing yet heart-wrench­ing to lis­ten and see the pic­tures he put up.

I still get a lump in my throat and a tear in my eye think­ing of the slides he showed of his friends...his fam­ily...those who did not come home to the hugs of their loved ones and whose bod­ies were care­fully placed in boxes and hon­or­ably wrapped with the Cana­dian red and white maple leaf flag.

His words were com­pelling, real and sin­cere...you could have heard a pin drop as he spoke. He did not talk at the kids, he talked to them and they got it...we all did. The fallen were re­mem­bered. So, I en­cour­age you to come to the Mor­rin School Re­mem­brance Day Ser­vice if you are able, this Fri­day, Novem­ber 10 at 10:45...com­mu­nity is al­ways wel­come.

Lest we for­get.

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