MOOSE MOUNTAIN PROVINCIAL PARK - Just over 100 people attended the outdoor service in Moose Mountain Provincial Park on Nov. 11 for Remembrance Day.
Music was provided by Cathy Sauter, Joan McDonald, Laurie Haaland, Averill Wright, Barb Swanson and Kim Crawford, as they sang O Canada, Let there be Peace on Earth and God Save the King.
Jim Sedor opened with a prayer followed by Pat Balfour reading In Flanders Field and then leading the response in unison with the crowd. Shelby Adams spoke next about food rationing that occurred in the First and Second World Wars while holding up her grandmother Caroline Codling’s actual ration book from the Second World War, which was very well received.
Next, wreaths were laid by Gerry Kuzick (Royal Canadian Air Force), accompanied by his great-granddaughter Alexis Paton, who also laid a wreath on behalf of her two grandfathers, James Kyle and Robert Elliott. Steve Bird laid a wreath on behalf of the Royal Canadian Navy followed by Constable Madill on behalf of the RCMP.
Carla Murray laid a wreath on behalf of veterans’ families and search and rescue. Joe Cornforth laid a wreath on behalf of the Moose Mountain Church of Christ.
We were very pleased to have a first-time attendee, Cannington MLA Daryl Harrison, who laid a wreath.
On flag detail this year were Kati VanWinkoop and Rowen Pauls. Ainsley Sauter performed the Last Post and Reveille on her trumpet. Gerry Kuzick closed the service reciting the Act of Remembrance. A delicious lunch was served after the service at the Church of Christ with food supplied by the church, Sacred Heart Church and the Four Seasons Drop-In Centre.
Thank you to Moose Mountain Provincial Park staff for installing the flags, printing the brochures and clearing the area of snow. Big thanks to all who took part in this year’s service or attended the service to show their respect for Canada’s brave men and women and for those that continue to keep watch over our country.
“We will remember them.”