“We Will Remember Them”
“At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.”
Taken from The Act of Remembrance recited at every Remembrance Day Service, and Memorial Service for Veterans, these are poignant words. The Remembrance Day Service at Mosaic Place will be a touching reminder of all we owe to those who gave their lives for freedom and democracy.
Remembrance Day is an important day for respect and reflection. Growing up, I had a sense of appreciation as I watched my Dad parade in with the Veterans on Remembrance Day in our hometown. And later on, as a young Air Cadet, it was with great pride and honour that I marched behind these heroes of democracy and freedom on Remembrance Day, recalling those who made the ultimate sacrifice and whose names will be forever remembered. Thank you to all who help make our local Remembrance Day Service meaningful. The service is particularly impressive in Moose Jaw thanks to the presence of 15-Wing personnel, the Saskatchewan Dragoons, Canadian Forces Padres, the ANAVETS and our Air, Army and Sea/Navy Cadets.
My gratitude goes especially to Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 59. They have been organizing the Remembrance Day Service in Moose Jaw since 1959. Their members spend the weeks before November 11 organizing the Poppy Campaign, having Remembrance Day Services in seniors’ homes, and attending ceremonies in our schools. Across the country, the Royal Canadian Legion is responsible for planning and coordinating annual Remembrance Day ceremonies in communities large and small, including the national ceremony in Ottawa.
The Royal Canadian Legion does tremendous work in supporting veterans and present military members. Anyone can join the Legion to make a difference in the lives of veterans and their families. They have an excellent website, legion.ca/home, with many suggestions of ways to remember and support those who have answered the call to serve our country.
A visit to a War Memorial is a good way to honour those who have served. In Moose Jaw, I am reminded of memorials in place on the Peacock Collegiate grounds along 1st Ave. N.E. and in nearby Crescent Park. The Saskatchewan War Memorial on the Legislative grounds lists the names of Saskatchewan’s fallen from the First and Second World War, Korean War, peacetime and peacekeeping operations, and the Afghanistan mission.
The Saskatchewan Virtual War Memorial, an online commemoration of Saskatchewan’s war dead, supplements the physical monument. The online database at www.svwm.ca features more than 11,000 war casualties, along with their stories. According to the Saskatchewan Virtual War Memorial, since the beginning of World War I, 550 brave soldiers from Moose Jaw gave their lives for the sake of others.
The presence of 15-Wing Moose Jaw personnel and the members of the Saskatchewan Dragoons in our community keep us aware of those who continue to stand in defence of freedom. On Remembrance Day and every day, may we be grateful to them, remember them, and each do our part in promoting peace for all.