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Remembrance Day in Evansburg and Wildwood

by Dana McArthur and Joshua McArthur young and old for their sacrifice, not just on RCMP Christine Dungey was not able to attend.
Remembrance, but throughout the year. And we Chaplin Robert Veitch then gave the Padres Address.
The Evansburg Royal Canadian Legion Branch need to honour the memory of all those who made After the laying of the wreaths, the service ended
196 and the Wildwood Royal Canadian Legion the ultimate sacrifice so we could live strong and with the March Off of Colours.
Branch 149 held their Remembrance Day free."
ceremonies on November 11.
The service in Evansburg began on the sunny
winter morning with the honour guard taking up
their post at the cenotaph on the corner of 50th
Avenue and 49th Street. Veterans, legion members,
RCMP, and County first responders were among
those who gathered outside the legion for the parade
down to the cenotaph.
Bonnie MacDonald sang Oh Canada along with
over 100 local residents who were gathered for the
outdoor ceremonies to pay their respects. The Last
Post was performed by Adam Jensen, who, after the
two minutes of silence preformed the Reveille.
Vicar Ken Stadnick delivered the prayer.
Cst. Wong of the RCMP laid the first wreath at the photo Dana McArthur photo Dana McArthur
cenotaph on behalf of the Queen followed by other Evansburg Legion members, RCMP, first responders, and dignitaries paraded RCMP Cpl Wong prepares to lay
local members. down from the Evansburg Legion to the Cenotaph during their Remembrance the first wreath on behalf of the
Shortly after the March off of Colours, the Day service. photo Dana McArthur Queen in Evansburg.
remainder of the service was held inside the
Evansburg Legion Hall with guest speaker Major
Bob Wade. The remainder of the wreaths were laid
inside, and Murray Van EE was then scheduled to
deliver the President's Address.
During the service Floyd Fausak presented the Bill
Hermanrude Award to Mich Stevenson and the
Citizen of the Year award went to Eric Karlson.
In Wildwood the service began with the laying of
wreaths at the cenotaph in Centennial Park across
from the Legion led by Cecil Travis, Reg O'Dell,
and Boe Erickson.
Lead by bagpipers and the Colour Party, legion
members and veterans along with first responders
and other dignitaries, then marched to the Yellowhead County Mayor Gerald
Community Hall where the rest of service took photo Joshua McArthur Soroka lays a wreath on behalf of
place. Wildwood Legion members, first responders, and dignitaries paraded past the the County during Wildwood’s
With a strong show of community support the Legion to the Community Hall during their Remembrance Day service. Remembrance Day service.
majority of the hall filled with those wishing to pay
their respects.
Inside, Wildwood President Ashley Hicks
welcomed everyone and the service began with the
Advance of Colours and singing of Oh Canada. Last
Post was bugled by Joe Bowering, and a Wildwood
student gave a touching reading of the Honour Roll
of the Dead.
The minute of silence was accompanied by a
beautiful poppy drop followed by Reveille. Past
President Lori Rehn gave a reading of the poem
"The Poppy". 'In Flanders Fields' was read by
Mackenzie, a local student.
Yellowhead County Mayor Gerald Soroka then Wildwood Legion members Cecil Travis, Boe Erickson, and Reg O'Dell at the Cenotaph during Wildwood's
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