At Unchagah Hall, Capt. Francie Lee, chaplain for the Royal Canadian Legion Branch number 141, read from Scripture, and talked about the sacrifices made by those who have served overseas during armed conflicts. She said those sacrifices were not just in the tremendous loss of life, but in the physical and psychological injuries that those who fought and survived had to endure. She said it is was in the comforts of home and the company of friends and family that were given up when people went to serve in strange and often hostile area overseas.
“The philosopher Edmund Burke once said, ‘Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.’ For this reason we pause on Remembrance Day to remember the human cost of war, and the lives that are touched by all wars,” said Lee.
“In the same way, the present moment is also important to us,” she continued. “The preacher John Wesley once said, “My part is to improve the present moment.” For this reason we pause on this day to care for those who suffer as a consequence of war, and to offer them some healing and hope.”
“It cannot be sufficient only to remember the sacrifice of those who gave their lives for what they believed in; for their sacrifice to mean anything, it must lead to change, personal and social change that will create a world as close as possible to the Kingdom of God.”
“We enjoy a lot of freedom. We are free to go to church an to worship, we are free to chose what we want to be when we grow up, we are free to chose where we want to live, and we are free to choose most of the things that affect our daily lives. Do you realize that freedom isn’t free? Someone had to pay the price for us to have the freedom that we enjoy. There are men and women right here in this room this morning that have helped to pay that price. Some have served in the military and many of them fought in wars. There are people here this morning who had loved ones who gave their lives fighting for our freedom. These are the ones that we honour and we celebrate Remembrance Day.”
Included above are some photos from the Remembrance Day ceremonies at Unchagah Hall and at City Hall.