Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Commonwealth to Celebrate Remembrance Day

Thank you to all the veterans out there

Posted By Shelley Tomlinson
Posted 1 hour ago


Thank you. That is all I can really say to the veterans we will be honouring during the Remembrance Day events next Wednesday. Thank you for your service to this country.

Every year, I interview and write an article about a local veteran (or veterans) and it still gives me goose bumps when I hear their stories.

I can not imagine what it would be like to go to war.

I admire the service personnel who gave their youth (and in many cases their lives) to help fight and protect this country.

I am incredibly grateful to all the veterans who served not only in World War II but also during the Cold War and in Afghanistan.

It seems that most people were affected by the war effort during World War II: they either had a brother, a father, an uncle, a spouse or a good friend serve in the armed forces if they didn't serve themselves.

It may not be as prevalent now to serve in the armed forces but there are still young men (and women) that I know who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

There are still people willing to serve Canada and fight in armed conflict.

To all the veterans, I want to personally thank all of you for helping to protect me and my rights.

And, I also want to thank those who went overseas to fight and never returned.

On Remembrance Day, please take a moment to remember those who served this country and lost their lives in service of Canada.

On a completely unrelated note, I would like to give my congratulations to Glenn George for being elected to city council and to the rest of candidates who were chosen to represent the city on council. As well, I'd like to congratulate Todd Goudy for being newly elected to school board along with returning board member Betty Armstrong.

(Shelley Tomlinson is a reporter with the Melfort Journal.)

Remembrance Day 2008

Remembrance Day – also known as Poppy Day, Armistice Day (the event it commemorates) or Veterans Day – is a day to commemorate the sacrifices of members of the armed forces and of civilians in times of war, specifically since the First World War. It is observed on 11 November to recall the end of World War I on that date in 1918. The day was specifically dedicated by King George V, on 7 November 1919, to the observance of members of the armed forces who were killed during war; this was possibly done upon the suggestion of Edward George Honey to Wellesley Tudor Pole, who established two ceremonial periods of remembrance based on events in 1917.

Common British, Canadian, South African, and ANZAC traditions include two minutes of silence at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month (11:00 am, 11 November), as that marks the time (in the United Kingdom) when armistice became effective.

In Australia Remembrance Day is always observed on 11 November, although the day is not a public holiday. Services are held at 11am at war memorials in suburbs and towns across the country, at which "Last Post" is sounded by a bugler and a one-minute silence is observed.