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Arcola Remembrance Day service filled with tributes

Arcola's Remembrance Day service was at the Mac Murray Theatre this year.
Vanessa Dahl’s School of Music performed during the service.

ARCOLA - Scott Payton is known for his love of history, and he conducted the Remembrance Day service in Arcola on Nov. 11 at the Mac Murray Theatre.

Michael Ellis was called upon for the prayer of invocation, while Zoe Vanderhulst read a touching poem.

Richard Kriehbiel read the roll of honour, respecting those who had lost their lives during and after the war.

It was at this time the congregation was asked to rise for the last post, followed by two minutes of silence.

Four wreaths were laid at the service from the Government of Canada by the RCMP, local area veterans by Zane Vanderhulst, Silver Cross Mothers by Rhonda Paton and the Town of Arcola by Mayor Scott Tessier.

Vanessa Dahl’s School of Music did a reedition of Highway of Heroes.

Paton thanked the girls, as he remembered that many times, when a soldier had fallen, so much of it happened almost in secrecy.

It was Chief of the Defense Staff Rick Hillier that said these men and women needed to be honoured for what they have done for Canada.

Paton placed an old helmet at the foot of the cenotaph if anyone wanted to follow this tradition.

Thank yous were sent out to the Arcola Optimist Club for the use of the theatre, David Bennett for playing the bugle and looking after the poppies, and the legion members and the RCMP for attending.

Paton encourages everyone to check out the site to view the history of Arcola members.