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Canora and area residents gather to remember those who served

Even though they were dealing with a major dump of snow, Canora and area residents came together to show their gratitude to those who served.

CANORA - Even though they were dealing with cold winds and the aftermath of Canora’s first major snowfall of the season, Canora and area residents gathered at the Canora Cenotaph for the Remembrance Day service on November 11.

The service was held with COVID-19 guidelines in mind, with Lori Dennis, Poppy Chair for the Canora branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, acting as emcee.

The service opened with the playing of O Canada.

Shawna Leson shared the Call to Worship.

“Grace be unto you and peace, from God our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ. The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God. Their bodies are buried in peace; but their name liveth forevermore.

“At the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, time stands still for a moment; and we remember those who died, not for war, but for a world that would be free and at peace.”

Leson then led in the Opening Prayer.

“Almighty God, You are our refuge and strength; we humble ourselves in your presence, and, remembering the great things you have done for us, we lift up our hearts in adoration and praise. As You have gathered us together this day, we give you thanks for all who served their country in time of trial.

“In remembrance of those who made the supreme sacrifice, make us better men and women, and give us peace in our time, O Lord.”

Last Post was played.

All in attendance observed two minutes of silence in a show of respect for those who served, followed by the playing of Rouse.

The Act of Remembrance was read by Leson.

“They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them, over the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We shall remember them.”

Dennis introduced individuals and groups who were to lay wreaths at the Cenotaph. Those laying wreaths included: Mayor Mike Kwas, representing the Town of Canora; Canora-Pelly MLA Terry Dennis, representing the provincial government; Gary Hanson, representing the Federal Government; Sgt. Derek Friesen, representing the RCMP; President Chris Sokoloski, representing the Canora branch of the Royal Canadian Legion; Colton Bletsky, representing the Canadian Armed Forces and Air Cadet movement, and Fire Chief Devon Sawka, representing Canora and District Fire Rescue.

The service closed with the Royal Anthem, God Save the Queen.

No indoor church service or gathering at the Legion dugout was held due to COVID restrictions.