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Edson remembers those who serve...

by Deanna Mitchener Afterwards, "In Flanders Field" was read by entertainment including the Edson Pipes and
Dianne Ronneseth and Vanier Catholic School Drums and a DJ. It was followed by a dinner at
Lest we forget those that have fought so hard to Choir preformed the Congregational Hymn. The 7:00 pm that evening with entertainment provided
keep our freedom. service ended with the "March off the Colors". by Lost in Translation DJ and Karaoke Services.
This year marks the 100th Anniversary of the Lunch was available after the service with
Battle of Passchendaele, also known as the third
major battle of the Ypres, which took place between
July and November of 1917.
Canadian troops captured Belgium's
Passchendaele Ridge, ending a grueling offensive
that lasted for months. The battle is remembered for
its atrocious conditions, heavy casualties and
Canadian valour. Canadians were instrumental in
securing this victory and earned a total of nine
Victoria Crosses for their courage. More than 4,000
Canadians were killed and another 12,000
The Edson Royal Canadian Legion Joe Wynne
Branch #51 Remebrance Day Service began with a
parade through town past the cenotaph to the
Legion Hall with a large crowd turning out to pay
their respects.
"0 Canada" was sung by the Vanier Catholic
School Choir. The 'Last Post' was performed by
bugler Annette McGill followed by two Minutes of
Silence. Edson Pipes and Drums played heartfelt At the Cenotaph in Edson were Staff Sargent Peter King, Trever Bevan, Mayor Kevin Zahara, Legion
tributes for our heroes including 'Amazing Grace'. President Wally Coes, Mike Walless, Legion Chaplin Dianne Ronneseth, and Fire Chef Tyler Robinson.
Comrade President Wally Coes lead the series of
events to honor our veterans that sacrificed so
much, "Our veterans are here for Remembrance
Day and they wear the poppy proudly. We are
proud of Canada and our contributions to world
peace. As those that fought in the Great Wars pass
on, do not let what they fought for pass on with
them. Remember them, remember their bravery and
their sacrifices. The memories of all veterans live
on through the years, in our hearts and gratitude, as
we gather on Remembrance Day. We remember
and pay our respects to them."
"Remember also those who fight today to bring
peace. They represent Canada and they put their
lives on the line trying to bring peace in a time of
war. Remembering what our veterans fought for
and continue to fight for. As we live each day
throughout the year in peace among our family and Kathleen Westergaard stand with Cadets from the 874 Tiger Moth Air Cadet Squadron of Edson.
friends, we do so thanks to our veterans who fought Kathleen was standing in for MLA Eric Rosenthal During Remembrance Day services in Edson.
for us in the past, in the present and in the future,"
said Coes.
"Canada is strong and free thanks to the efforts of
our soldiers on land, sea and air. Let us not forget
our first responders who put their lives on the line
every day. We remember your contributions and we
will never forget you," said Coes.
With standing room only inside the Legion Hall,
Legion Chaplin Dianne Ronneseth said a prayer
and followed by Laying of the Wreaths.

photos by Deanna Mitchener

Vanier Catholic School Choir with music teacher Robyne Wilock and Katherine Ahlf who played the piano
during the Remembrance Day event that was held at the Edson Royal Canadian Legion on Nov. 11.

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