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Edson Remembers

by Mikaela Kuefler

The Edson Royal Canadian Legion 51 Joe
Wynne Branch held Remembrance Day
ceremonies on November 11.
This year's Remembrance service hosted the
Wynne family, with relations as close as Joe
Wynne's grandson coming to Edson. The Wynne
family had a step grand-daughter who also had
connections to the Alberta Sheriffs and the
Alberta Justice and Solicitor General Pipe Band
(SGPB), so the SGPB was asked to come and
play during the ceremony.
“We always have out pipes and drums but this
year the SGPB has a direct connection to the Joe
Wynn Branch. Each year, the SGPB plays at a
different branch. One year south, one year
north,” said Legion President Gerald Forbes. The Alberta Justice and Solicitor General Pipe Band poses for a picture with the Wynne family
The ceremony started with the parade, lead by after the Remembrance Day ceremony in the Edson Legion on November 11.
the colour party and the SGPB. Members of the photo Mikaela Kuefler
Alberta Sheriffs and the RCMP followed, along
with the Edson Fire Department, 30 of the Royal
Canadian Air Cadets Tiger Moth Squadron 874, SGPB played Amazing Grace and the Legion clubs as the Figure skating Club ($500) as well
and the Girl Guides. The parade marched down Padre said the prayer. L.A. President Jen as $10,000 to the Edson Legion. “Without the
Main Street, Fourth Ave, and then down 51 St. Kuilboer recited the poem Remembering the Ladies Auxiliary, we would be in a world of
After the parade, the ceremony commenced Fallen Ones. hurt. They've always been a very strong back
inside the Legion with the advancement of the The Laying of the Wreaths was completed by bone of the Legion,” said Foulds.
colours and SGPB to a slow march. Over 850 fifty organizations, some of which included Walter Arndt also donated a plaque dedicated
residents listened to Forbes welcome the town municipal organizations, veterans, clubs, and to Raymond Arndt to the Legion. “Today's
and to establish the importance of Remembrance corporations. ceremony was moving because of the donations,
Day. Oh Canada was sung by everyone in the Legion First Vice President Bobbi Foulds read especially from Walter,” said Forbes. “It's
building. In Flanders Field and the colour party marched absolutely beautiful, we cannot wait to put it up.
“Such a large crowd, mainly due to our off with the SGPB. It'll be in a place of honour,” said Foulds.
dignitaries that came to town with the SGPB. We After the ceremony, members of the colour In the afternoon, Dynamic Entertainment DJ'd
always get good attendance at Remembrance party, SGPB, RCMP, Alberta Sheriffs, and as SGPB played four times throughout.
Day. The sad part is, we have fewer veterans Legion travelled to Parkland Lodge to hold a “We look forward to Remembrance Day every
every year but we have some Afghan veterans small Remembrance Day ceremony for those year. It's a lot of work to find enough volunteers
now that come in,” said Forbes. unable to travel to the Legion. At the new Edson to do the set and the colour guard. Guys are
The Last Post was played by bugler Annette Healthcare Centre, a small parade travelled getting older, so they can't March or stand at
Mcgill and the room fell into two minutes of through, with pipes and drums playing. attention for 25 minutes. It's tough,” said Forbes.
silence. The Lament was played by the Pipe When all of the ceremonies ended, dignitaries “It went very smooth. We're so grateful to have
Sergeant of SGPB Jim Perry, followed by such as Mayor Greg Pasychny and MLA Eric so many show up and support us. People staying
Reveille. Forbes recited the Act of Remembrance Rosendahl spoke about the importance of the in the branch and celebrating is definitely going
as the town responded “We will remember day. Donations from the Edson Royal Canadian to help us with our operating state because we're
them”. Legion Ladies Auxiliary were handed out to such still in dire need,” said Foulds.

RCMP wait for orders to attend the Remembrance Day ceremony in Veterans participate in the Remembrance Day ceremony in the Edson
the Parkland Lodge on November 11. photo Mikaela Kuefler Legion on November 11. photo Mikaela Kuefler
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