We will re­mem­ber them

Tillsonburg News - - OPINION - Dr. Ja­son Pankratz

What an ex­cit­ing Re­mem­brance pro­gram we have in store. Poppy boxes are out and about in our com­mu­nity. Do­nate what you can and wear a poppy proudly. Wear it for a rel­a­tive, as a sym­bol of re­mem­brance, to sig­nify the an­niver­sary of the last year of World War I, or wear as a trib­ute for those who have served and who con­tinue to serve.

Thank you to the Till­son­burg Le­gion and its Ladies Aux­il­iary, the Till­son­burg Mil­i­tary His­tory Club and the Till­son­burg His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety for spon­sor­ing the evening with Andy Robertshaw. It was an ex­cep­tional evening, meal, and way to re­mem­ber through ar­ti­facts, archaeology, and sto­ry­telling.

Robertshaw spoke frankly and with hu­mour, re­lay­ing his ex­pe­ri­ence iden­ti­fy­ing for­got­ten ca­su­al­ties from the First World War and their con­tem­po­rary ge­neal­ogy. Those who were part of this spe­cial pre­sen­ta­tion will re­mem­ber it fondly.

As al­ways, we wel­come ev­ery­one to our Sun­day, Novem­ber 11th events. If you are in­ter­ested in be­ing part of the Silent Walk, meet at the Rolph Street en­trance of Vet­er­ans Memo­rial Walk­way, near the Sta­tion Arts Cen­tre be­fore 10:30 a.m. The walk will take place at around 10:30. As well, you are en­cour­aged to as­sem­ble at our ceno­taph prior to 10:45 for the ceno­taph cer­e­mony.

Tick­ets are now avail­able at the Le­gion for the Re­mem­brance Ban­quet. The pre-din­ner so­cial will be­gin at 5 p.m. and din­ner at 5:45. Tick­ets are $15 and you will not want to miss the evening’s meal, hosted by our Ladies Aux­il­iary, bussed by our Var­navair Cadets, and our speaker, Donna Beek. She is a Sil­ver Cross Mother; a mother who has lost a child in war and who was cho­sen to lay a wreath at the Na­tional War Memo­rial in Ot­tawa. She will also tell us about her own ex­pe­ri­ence in the ser­vice.

We are blessed by the cal­i­bre of our Re­mem­brance Day speak­ers, their ex­pe­ri­ences, and how they view ser­vice and re­mem­brance.

Get your ticket as soon as pos­si­ble, as al­ways they are sell­ing quickly. With­out giv­ing away the whole evening, to keep it spec­tac­u­lar, this Re­mem­brance Day Ban­quet at Till­son­burg Le­gion Branch 153 will be one to wit­ness and par­tic­i­pate in.

It is also im­por­tant to rec­og­nize this Re­mem­brance Day as the 100th An­niver­sary of the end of World War I. As a trib­ute, in com­mu­ni­ties across the na­tion, at dusk (likely be­tween 5-6 p.m.), you will hear church and town bells ring­ing. This sig­ni­fies the im­por­tance of this date and an au­di­ble ex­pe­ri­ence of re­mem­brance. So, if you hear bells ring­ing, pause with rev­er­ence and wit­ness this uni­fy­ing oc­cur­rence. Re­mem­ber that 100 years ago on the 11th day of the 11th month, ar­mistice was pro­claimed. How fas­ci­nat­ing it would have been to be in Till­son­burg in 1918 and wit­ness the com­mu­nity cel­e­brat­ing the end of the Great War. Lastly, Novem­ber holds a few more events to con­nect you to our Branch. On Satur­day, Nov. 17 the Le­gion will host its an­nual Christ­mas Bazaar from 9-4 with a $2 ad­mis­sion fee. Come early to pe­ruse the ven­dors and pur­chase unique Christ­mas gifts.

Come out to a con­cert put on by the Mud­men on Fri­day, Nov. 23. Tick­ets are $20 in ad­vance or $25 at the door. Check out the Le­gion Face­book page or call the of­fice for de­tails and tick­ets 519-842-5281.

Whether you en­ter our doors for com­mu­nity events or in re­mem­brance, re­mem­ber that ev­ery­one is wel­come at our Le­gion. We en­cour­age oth­ers to be­come mem­bers and vol­un­teer within. Our pur­pose is to rep­re­sent our Vet­er­ans and our com­mu­nity.

Lest we for­get.

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