Dawson Creek to pay tribute to mililtary service members

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch number 141 in Dawson Creek will once again host Remembrance Day services at Unchagah Hall starting at 10:55 a.m. The services will be led b branch president Cde. Peter Batchelor, and Legion chaplains Capts. Francie and Roger Lee with the Salvation Army. The services will include a march on the colours, a singing of O’ Canada, two minutes of silence and the laying of wreaths, accompanied by music from the Kiwanis Band.

“Remembrance Day is one day a year set aside to pay tribute to those who lost their lives during both World Wars, the Korean Conflict, the Gulf War, the conflict in Afghanistan, and while serving with Canadian and international peace-keeping forces, and is a time to honour all veterans who served the cause of peace and freedom in all corners of the world,” said Cmrd. Day Roberts, spokesperson for the local Legion branch, in a statement. “Each year the Royal Canadian Legion perpetuates the memory of the fallen with ceremonies across Canada at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month which was when the guns fell silent signalling the end of the First World War. We as Canadians have much to be proud of, and the very least we must do is remember those sacrifices made on our behalf by the men and women who served and continue to serve our nation.”

Following the ceremonies at Unchagah Hall, the Legion will host a gathering, including a lunch and some music, at its office inside the Co-op Mall.

There will also be a ceremony at the cenotaph outside of City Hall following the service at Unchagah Hall where members of the public can lay their wreaths and poppies in honour of loved ones and family members lost in wartime, or just to pay respect to all of those who have fought and those who have died for our serving our country overseas.

Those who cannot make the formal ceremonies are encouraged to take some time on Friday to reflect on those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect freedom at home and abroad.  

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