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Remembrance Day 2020

Posted: November 10, 2020

Remembrance Day 2020
by Mayor Shelley Hart

Every year I attend Remembrance Day services at East St. Paul’s Legion #215 where I’m given the opportunity to bring greetings on behalf of Council.  It has been my honour and privilege to do so.

This year, Remembrance Day services will not be public events and so I wanted to share a message of remembrance with our community. On November 11th, East St. Paul Legion representatives will be conducting a simple service at the Legion memorial where wreaths will be pre-laid and the Last Post will be played at 11:00 a.m.

After this Act of Remembrance is concluded, all are welcome to privately pay their respects at the memorial.  Thank you to the Legion executive and volunteers for your efforts in supporting and recognizing our veterans all year long.

East St. Paul has another monument dedicated to the men who lost their lives in World War I, World War II and the Korean War. Located in Memorial Park at the corner of Birds Hill Road and Agar Avenue, the cenotaph was originally dedicated in September 1925.  Two plaques on the cenotaph identify those East St. Paul residents who lost their lives in the two world wars, seventeen in World War I and six in World War II. 

Memorial Park is visited regularly by the children who attend Sky’s the Limit Montessori School which is located right across the street from the park. Several years ago, East St. Paul resident and Legion volunteer Paul Dartnell saw the kids in the park just days before Remembrance Day and offered the teachers poppies for the children to place on the Memorial.

This chance encounter has turned into an annual tradition and I thought I would share this story, along with some photos from this year’s Act of Remembrance by the children and teachers of Sky’s the Limit.  A special thank you is extended to Rosie Jackson, the owner of the school, for supporting this annual event.

In 2020, the RM of East St. Paul and the Legion collaborated on a veteran banner project.  This past summer, six banners honouring veterans of World War I and II who made the ultimate sacrifice were erected in two locations in East St. Paul, on Maxwell King Drive at the Legion entrance and in front of Memorial Park on Birds Hill Road.

Additionally, in 2020, the RM recognized 11 local streets that share the family name of residents that served in World War I and II by replacing a street sign for one with a poppy. 

Every November, we profile a local veteran in our newsletter.  This year, we shared the career of Al Mills who spent 28 years in the Canadian Armed Forces with two tours with NATO forces in West Germany, one year with UN Peacekeeping on the Cease Fire Line between India and Pakistan and four years with the Canadian Airborne Regiment as Second-in-Command of the Airborne Artillery Battery.  His storied military career included a deployment to Montreal during the FLQ crisis in 1970. To read his story, click HERE

Symbols and Acts of Remembrance matter.  This Remembrance Day I hope you take a few moments to reflect on the sacrifices made by veterans and their families from World War I to those engaged in United Nations Peacekeeping today.

We will remember them.



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