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Fort Macleod pays tribute to veterans who fought for peace

RCMP Const. John Learn stands by the cenotaph

Hundreds of Fort Macleod residents paid tribute Sunday to Canadians who made the ultimate sacrifice for peace and freedom.
The Fort Macleod Legion held the annual Remembrance Day ceremony that featured an address by Rev. Pilar Gateman.
“Today is not a day to glorify war,” Rev. Gateman said. “Today we do not raise our voices in support of conflict. We do, however, lower our heads in the sad recognition that war — conflict in fact — is an unfortunate side effect of our human state.”
“We remember those who have tried to lessen its effects in the world. We appreciate those who placed their live in danger, who are doing that right now, and many who have laid down their lives in order that we never have to know the ravages of war.”
The audience at the Fort Macleod and District Community Hall was reminded that Remembrance Day began with the declaration of peace at the end of World War One at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, 1918, on what is known as Armistice Day.
“We begin our memory there.” Rev. Gateman said. “Unfortunately it does not end there. As we well know there was a Second World War. And we move from there to Korea. Since then, Canada’s commitment to international peace efforts and other overseas military action continues to this day.”
The ceremony was highlighted at 11 a.m. by the playing of The Last Post, followed by two minutes of silence. Legion president George Fox recited the Act of Remembrance, followed by Reveille. The audience also listened in respectful silence to scripture readings, hymns and the poems In Flanders Fields and I Am the Cenotaph.
Wreaths were laid at the base of the cenotaph in honour of veterans, war brides, people of occupied Holland, Canada and Alberta, and others.
“Today we pause to remember,” Rev. Gateman stressed. “May all who have died in war, rest in peace.”

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