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Hundreds pay tribute at Henderson Legion Remembrance Day Service

Posted: December 4, 2019

Hundreds pay tribute at Henderson Legion
Remembrance Day Service

More than 700 people attended the Henderson Legion Branch 215 Remembrance Day Service this year.
Mayor Shelley Hart took part in the wreath laying ceremony and spoke at the reception.  All members of council were at the service.
She was impressed with attendance and told the crowd how nice it is to see so many take part in Remembrance Day Services.
"I am encouraged by the growing respects of remembrance we see around us.  We have seen greater attendance at Remembrance Day services.  For years our family attended the service at the Convention Centre and we saw a slow, steady decline in attendance, and then the numbers began to grow", Mayor Hart said.
"That growth is evident right here in East St. Paul, where we have moved our services to Eastview Community Church to accommodate those who want to attend.  Thank you to our neighbours for opening up your doors to the community for this service."
Hart spoke about the importance of symbolism when it comes to remembrance.  No Stone Left Alone, where school children place poppies on graves of soldiers, and the Poppy Blanket Project, where volunteers crocheted more than 8,000 poppies into an 85-foot long blanket, honour our veterans.
Our money - specifically the 10 and 20-dollar bills - pay tribute to our armed forces and veterans.  The 10 dollar bill, circulated in 2001, shows a female Royal Canadian Navy officer and a male Canadian Army Master Corporal standing in front of a large cenotaph, among other images.
The current 20-dollar bill, replaced in 2012, features poppies and the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, a tribute to Canada's contributions and sacrifices in military conflicts throughout its history.
"You carry with you daily, symbols of our country's service," Hart said.
She acknowledged several veterans who over the past few years have shared the stories of their service with East St. Paul residents on the pages of our newsletter, 'Your Community'.
They are:  Fred Jackson, 95, a WW2 veteran, member of the British Army, East St. Paul resident and Legion 215 member; Orval Marshall, 97, WW2 veteran, member of the Hasting Prince Edward Regiment and ESP Legion member; Andy Morgan, a Bosnian peacekeeping veteran, member of the Fort Garry Horse, ESP resident and Legion member; Tracy Morgan, wife of Andy, veteran and member of the Fort Garry Horse; and Dave Pearce, veteran of several peacekeeping missions in Norway, Afghanistan and Egypt, pilot with the Canadian Armed Forces.
You can view the entire Remembrance Day Service by following this link:  https://vimeo.com/372436855.
The video was provided courtesy of Eastview Community Church Worship Pastor Steve Dick.
After the service, people went to the Legion to enjoy some fellowship.

Picture:  Mayor Shelley Hart with 97-year-old Veteran Orval Marshall, top right, at the Eastview Community Church, and above right, with 95-year-old Veteran Fred Jackson at the Legion, on Remembrance Day.  The poppy blanket, above left, created by Manitobans, at the Legislative Building.


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