Service of Remembrance

Wreathes for the service

Yesterday was Remembrance Day. As we have for many years in the past, St. Philip’s played host to the Norwood-St. Boniface Legion for our annual Remembrance Day Service. This year given the tragic events in Ottawa and Quebec over the last few weeks, the service was even more poignant.

Wreathes for the service
Wreaths ready for the service.

The service itself was quite solemn. There were so many people there, that the aisles were full of people, dozens of whom stood for the entire service. There were representatives of all levels of government present, along with Donald Phillips, Bishop of the Diocese of Rupert’s Land.

It was also really encouraging to see large groups of children from Scout and Guide troops at all levels of those organization. Rememberance Day is about recalling the sacrifices that our ancestors made, but also about looking to a peaceful future. Peace though, is hard and costly, and it is good to see that message being passed on to future generations.

There were many people who worked hard and contributed to yesterday’s service. St. Philip’s would like to thank Nick Kolisnyk for his efforts on trumpet. The U 0f Winnipeg dancers under Stephanie Ballard’s leadership. Leslie MacCorby and the flute ensemble from Nelson McIntyre Collegiate, and all of the members of the youth service agencies who assisted before, during and after the service.

Of course, above all we would like to the thank all the veterans who have made so many sacrifices for our freedom and peace over the years. Particularly we want to remember that the best way to thank them is to listen to them, and when they are in need of our assistance to be there for them with outstretched hands and open hearts.

One of the results of the communities response to the sacrifices our military members continue to make was that our building at St. Philip’s was full to overflowing for the service and sadly many ended up not getting into the building to take part in the service and observances.

St. Philip’s has already made a commitment for next year that we will make sure that there is a live video stream available in our Memorial Hall so that all who wish to participate in this service are able to do so. We have a long-standing relationship with the Legion, and it is one that we are not only committed to keeping, but one which we hope to find ways to make stronger in the coming years.

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.
– Robert Lawrence Binyon
Dona Nobis Pacem.

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