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Fort Macleod Legion hosts well-attended Remembrance Day ceremony


Fort Macleod residents turned out in force Tuesday for the annual Remembrance Day ceremony.
It was standing room only at the Fort Macleod and District Community Hall for the service hosted by the Fort Macleod branch of the Royal Canadian Legion.
“Courage, loyalty, duty and integrity — those are the core values of our armed forces,” Rev. Pilar Gateman said of the people the crowd had gathered to honour.
The 2309 Fort Macleod Army Cadets, RCMP, Legion members and Cubs and Scouts braved -12 Celsius and light snow to march the colours to the community hall.
Inside the hall they found hundreds of people gathered to pay their respects.
Rev. Gateman spoke of the prevalent messages against bullying.
“Much like the teachers and parents, the police and others, who stand between the victim and the bullying our armed forces stand in the gap for us,” Rev. Gateman said. “It seems incredible to me what we expect these folks to do. . . they go into situations which they did not create.”
Canadian Armed Forces attempt to keep the peace or fight a battle not their own.
“Who are they protecting? You and I, my friends, and the victims of unjust rulers — the bullies as it were — of the political world . . . they are defending those who cannot defend themselves.”
Bullying at every level is not going away any time soon, Rev. Gateman said.
After Rev. Gateman’s prayer of invocation, F.P. Walshe school trumpeter Carlin Van Driesten played The Last Post.

The audience then observed two minutes of silence, followed by Legion president George Fox reading the act of remembrance and Carlin Van Driesten playing Reveille.
The Christ Church Anglican choir, accompanied by pianist Carole Cressman, led the singing of Abide With Me, Take My Life and Let It Be and God Save the Queen.
Michaela Gateman and Michelle Trowbridge gave scripture readings, and Dr. Sebastian David recited In Flanders Fields.
The Remembrance Day service concluded with people placing 40 wreaths at the foot of the cenotaph.
“May we hold high the torch for those, who from failing hands, pass it to us,” Rev. Gateman said.

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