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Remembrance Day 2017

Posted: November 12, 2017

Remembrance Day 2017

On Saturday, November 11, 2017, more than 400 people attended the Henderson Highway Branch 215 Royal Canadian Legion Remembrance Day service at the Eastview Community Church, 3500 DeVries Avenue.  For the past two years, Remembrance Day services have been held in the church as the Legion Hall no longer has the capacity for the number of people wishing to attend.

Officiated by The Reverend Father Ted Nimik, the service held many special moments including Cde. Ed Sutton's recital of a Soldiers Prayer.  With the prayer committed to memory, Cde. Sutton uses his stage experience to convey the prayer with theatrical emotion.  It was an intense, moving part of the service.

Many dignitaries were on hand to lay wreaths, including East St. Paul Mayor Shelley Hart, but it was the wreath presentation by 93 year old WWII veteran Nick Smerechynski who reminded all of those in attendance of the importance of this day.

Smerechynski enlisted in Winnipeg with the PPCLI and trained at Fort William and Shilo before being sent to England and Italy, where he finished training.  He was on the front lines in France and Germany, then went to Belgium and Holland where he stayed until the war ended.  He was one of only 3 men in his company of 115 soldiers to return after WWII.

Smerechynski was awarded the France and Germany Star, the Canadian Volunteer Service Metal, the Star of Italy, the War Medal 1939-1945, the King George VI, the Volunteer Star 1945 and the Star Clasp.

The community extends its thanks and appreciation to Legion # 215 who make this service possible and to Pastor Enns of the Eastview Community Church for providing a space for so many to pay their respects.

On this day we remember all veterans and those who have served on behalf of our country.




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