BY GEORGE MACVICAR
The Southern Gazette
This Friday is Remembrance Day throughout Canada.
Newfoundlanders and Labradorians will be joining other Canadians and nations in recalling the end of all wars at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Of course, this symbolic observance for the end of World War One is just that.
Since that date was selected another world war, Korean conflict, Vietnam War, Gulf War and war against terrorism in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as other battles and atrocities have occurred.
The day is now dedicated to remembering the sacrifices of individuals to maintain our freedoms and to stop tyranny in all corners of the world.
In this province, Canadian veterans of the Army, Navy and Air Force as well as Peacekeepers who served around this planet along with police and firefighters are remembered as they answered their call to duty not only for this country but also other nations.
On the Burin Peninsula, Remembrance Day programs are being held in several communities – Burin, Grand Bank, Fortune, Lawn and Garnish.
In Burin, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 29 is hosting this year’s ceremony at Burin Cenotaph in front of the Town Hall in Salmonier. Veterans, who are able, RCMP, ‘Mary Rose’ and ‘Zaandam’ Corps Sea Cadets and others will form a parade at 10:15 a.m. on the Burin Cinema parking lot and march to the Town Hall for the 11 a.m. service.
Two minutes of silence and a wreath laying in memory of relatives who served in the Canadian Forces will be featured.
In Grand Bank, the town will host a wreath laying service at the War Memorial on Main Street beginning at 10:50 a.m. A parade will form on the Grand Bank Municipal Centre parking lot at 10:15 a.m.
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If weather conditions are unsuitable for an outdoor service, participants will gather in the Grand Bank United Church.
Those wishing to lay a wreath can bring to the ceremony.
The Fortune Royal Canadian Legion Branch 25 is involved in services in the Towns of Fortune and Garnish at the memorials in both towns. The Garnish service is in conjunction with the Lions Club there, and was held this past Sunday afternoon.
This Friday in Fortune, the Legion will gather for a community church service at 10 a.m. in the Fortune Anglican Church and then parade to the monument for a laying of wreaths at 11 a.m. Refreshments will be served at the Legion after the ceremony.
If the weather is unsuitable, the service will be held in the Fortune Lions Den.
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 58 in Lawn will also hold a memorial service.
Legion members are hoping as many residents in each community will attend the services, and in particular young people such as girl guides, boy scouts and other youth groups.
Various schools on the peninsula are also holding their own memorial services – from Terrenceville to Lamaline – inviting veterans to join them and in some cases talk about their lives in the various armed forces/marine services at war time.
Last week the Legion’s annual ‘Poppy Sale Campaign’ began with poppies in the Marystown area available at the Peninsula Mall, Wal-Mart and Sobey’s. Residents are asked to wear a poppy to show their respect for Remembrance Day and with their contributions help support Legion services for veterans as they age and require medical care and attention.