St. Anthony did not forget

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How often have we heard that the youth of today do not recognize or have respect for those who fought in wars as they did in earlier days?

This is not true.

The town of St. Anthony, on Remembrance Day 2013, will go down in history as the greatest Memorial Day service ever held in this town, and I have been attending these services for more then 60 years.

They came out in the hundreds from St. Anthony and outlying communities, standing eight or 10 persons deep around the war memorial and spread out into the parking lot.

The parade reached about at least a half-mile long consisting of military people from other Canadian bases, our own local military people, including our own Cpl. Frank Slade of the Korean War. There were Canadian Rangers, air cadets, sea cadets and dozens of other organizations, people from other countries who work at the hospital, all there for the same reason, to pay respect for those who fought to give us the freedom we enjoy today.

As I stood there with the Canadian Rangers waiting my turn to lay a wreath in memory of my father, who fought at Beaumont Hamel with the Royal Newfoundland Regiment, I looked around and saw so many children holding wreaths to lay in memory of their grandparents and great-grandparents.

Not one of them wore a smile, which told me they knew the meaning of Remembrance Day and why they were there.

Also, as I looked around, I saw so many of our young men and women there in uniform, the soldiers of today who fought in the Gulf War in Afghanistan and other places around the world to try and bring peace to places where peace does not exist.

So, as we sit and glance through the pictures in The Northern Pen, we will always remember Remembrance Day 2013 on the Great Northern Peninsula.

Francis Patey

St. Anthony

Organizations: Great Northern Peninsula.Francis PateySt

Geographic location: St. Anthony, Afghanistan

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