Remembrance Day, is one day a year set aside to pay tribute to those who lost their lives during both World Wars, the Korean War, the Gulf War, the conflict in Afghanistan, and while serving with Canadian and international peace-keeping forces, and is a time to honour all veterans who served the cause of peace and freedom in all corners of the world.
Each year the Royal Canadian Legion perpetuates the memory of the fallen with ceremonies across Canada at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month which was when the guns fell silent signaling the end of the 1st World War.
We as Canadians have much to be proud of, and the very least we must do is remember those sacrifices made on our behalf, by the men and women who served and continue to serve our nation.
The Royal Canadian Legion continues to honour the memory of our veterans by ensuring the maintenance of the annual Poppy Campaign, the implementation of the National Remembrance Ceremony in Ottawa and the co-ordination of local Remembrance Ceremonies across the country. As well the Legion supports the veterans and their families in need, promotes the continuation of Youth Literary and Poster Contests, and through other national and local programs continues to promote the Two Minutes of Silence.
During the First World War (1914-1918) 628,736 Canadians served, 66,573 died, 138,166 were wounded, 2,818 were taken prisoner of war and 175 merchant seamen died by enemy action.
In the Second World War (1939-1945) 1,031,902 males and 49,963 female Canadians served, 44,927 died, 53,145 were wounded, 8,271 were taken prisoner of war, and 1,146 merchant seamen died by enemy action.
During the Korean War (1950-1953), 26,791 Canadians served, 516 died and 1,558 were wounded.
During the Gulf War 3,837 male and 237 female Canadians served, fortunately, there were no casualties. In the Afghanistan Conflict 158 Canadians have paid the supreme sacrifice.
They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.
REMEMBRANCE CEREMONIES AT UNCHAGAH HALL NOVEMBER 11TH.
Dawson Creek Branch #141 of the Royal Canadian Legion will be hosting its annual Remembrance Day Ceremonies in Unchagah Hall at Dawson Creek Secondary School on Sunday, November 11th. Members of the general public are welcome and are requested to be in attendance by 10:30 am, with ceremonies to begin shortly thereafter.
The agenda of the services will include: the Marching On of The Colours, O’Canada, Last Post, Two Minutes of Silence at 11 am followed by The Lament, Reveille, and The Act of Remembrance (Laying of Wreaths).
Dawson Creek Mayor Dale Bumstead will lay a wreath on behalf of the City of Dawson Creek. Cmrd. Day Roberts will place the wreath on behalf of the Royal Canadian Legion. Following the ceremonies the wreaths will be moved to the official cenotaph at City Hall for public display.
LEGION EXTENDS SINCERE THANKS
Legion Branch #141 extends a sincere thanks to the businesses and individuals who helped distribute poppies, to the merchants, groups, service clubs, and others who purchased wreaths, and to members of the general public who donated money to the annual poppy campaign. Your support of the poppy campaign is very much appreciated.
Legion Branch #141 extends grateful thanks to School District #59 for the generous use of Unchagah Hall for the Rememberance Day Services, special
thanks to members of Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron #353 and to Rick Coombs for the Power point presentation, and to members of the Dawson Creek Kiwanis Band.
Canadian citizens or Commonwealth subjects of federal voting age may be eligible for Legion membership in one of three categories: ordinary, associate, or affiliate membership. For more about Legion membership, interested persons should contact one of the many Legion branches located in communities across the country. Membership application forms and informamtion about programs, activities, and fees are available at the various branches. Dawson Creek Legion Branch #141 received its charter on November 4, 1932 and this year marks its 86th Anniversary (1932-2018).
LEGION BRANCH #141 EXECUTIVE
Executive members of the Dawson Creek Legion Branch #141 for 2018-2019 include: Elizabeth Hunt (President) Barry Young (1st Vice-President) ; Marg Forbes (2nd Vice-President); Arleene Thorpe (Financial Officer ); Denise Young (Secretary); and directors are Comrades: Peter Batchelor (Poppy Chair); Day Roberts (Public Relations Officer); Tara Young (House & Canteen.)