Community Remembrance Day Service held in Three Hills

Remebrance 2017

Three Hills Royal Canadian Legion Branch #92 Chaplain Lambert Westera led the Community Remembrance Day Service held at the Bethel Evangelical Missionary Church and then at the cenotaph.

The service followed what has become the annual order of events with very little variation.

A “call to worship” or reading from Lamentations 3 and the congregational singing of “Eternal Father Strong to Save” was followed by the parading of the Colour Guard and the marching in of the Legion Members and Community Organization representatives.

Following the singing of “O Canada” and the Prayer of Invocation, Marion Johnson read a poem by Paul Hunter called “I am not a badge of honour” detailing in four verses, the significance the poppy.

Chaplain Westera gave a brief message and Phil Johnson followed that with his recitation of “In Flander’s Field".

The Congregation sang “Once to every man and nation” and the offering was received and the prayer of dedication, committed the gifts to use in the Three Hills area.

Joan Boekema narrated briefly of her experience in the Netherlands and the bombing of her neighbours’ houses and her family’s escape and their eventual moving to Canada in 1955.

After another prayer, the names of those representing various groups who were laying wreaths was read out as each came forward. This includes government representatives from the National, Provincial, County and Town levels, and then the Service and Fraternal organizations and then several persons laying wreaths in memory of family members.

The service at the church concluded after the “Last Post”, Two Minutes of Silence, “Reveille”, “God Save the Queen”, Hymn and Benediction and the Recessional.

A number gathered at the cenotaph where Doug Lorraine laid the wreath on behalf of the Three Hills Royal Canadian Legion Branch #92.

Many then participated in what has become a tradition, of leaving their poppies on the cenotaph base.