Musgravetown church prayer shawl min­istry hon­ours vet­er­ans

The Packet (Clarenville) - - News - BY MARK SQUIBB Mark.squibb@thep­acket.ca

Her­itage United Church in Musgravetown hon­oured vet­er­ans in the com­mu­nity in a unique way at a cer­e­mony on Fri­day, Oct. 26.

Just over 40 knit shawls were pre­sented to vet­er­ans in the area, with about six more to be pre­sented in the near fu­ture.

Twenty-eight vet­er­ans were in at­ten­dance to re­ceive their shawl, with fam­ily mem­bers rep­re­sent­ing those who could not make the event.

“It is in­deed a plea­sure for us to present our vet­er­ans with these items,” said Vi­o­let Par­sons, chair of the Prayer Shawl Min­istry, as she ad­dressed the crowd of about 150 in at­ten­dance. “The hours we put into cre­at­ing your gift is noth­ing com­pared to the gift vet­er­ans such as your­selves gave, and con­tinue to give us.

“We are so grate­ful to you folks. You are never for­got­ten. Thank you, from the bot­tom of our hearts.”

Vet­eran Eli Bowen said, “For the ladies to do this, it took a lot of ef­fort on their part. And for us to be rec­og­nized for what we did, is cer­tainly very spe­cial.”

Bowen added, “As for Re­mem­brance Day, for me, I joined back in the ‘50s, when a lot of serv­ing mem­bers were World War II vets and Korean War vets. To me, it’s very spe­cial, be­cause I re­mem­ber these peo­ple, and what they did, and I un­der­stand some of their sto­ries. You got to un­der­stand what they went through.”

PHO­TOS BY MARK SQUIBB — THE PACKET

Vi­o­let Par­sons and Lieu­tenant Gov­er­nor Judy Foote pre­sented Eli Bowen with a shawl. Bowen was one of over 40 vet­er­ans to re­ceive a shawl.

Vet­er­ans in at­ten­dance, along with Lieu­tenant Gov­er­nor Judy Foote and Howard Foote.

Leah Ped­dle per­formed the En­nis Sis­ter’s “Sing Me Home” dur­ing the cer­e­mony.

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