Remembrance Day Service in Riondel
submitted by Deberah Shears
This past May, my husband and I visited WW1 memorial sites in northern France and Belgium. Words can hardly describe the emotional impact of these memorials; I would like to describe two.
In Ypres, Belgium, we visited the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing, dedicated to British and Commonwealth soldiers killed in WW1 and whose graves are unknown. Every evening since 1928 (with some exceptions during WW2) at 8 pm a solemn, silent and respectful crowd gathers to listen to The Last Post. I had found a concrete post to stand on so that I could see and ended up sharing it with a lady from Germany who, like I, mourned those who had died. This was an experience I will never forget.
At the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France, we were both overwhelmed with the magnificent memorial itself which took 11 years to build and which can be seen from a long distance away. This memorial is a 250 acre preserved battlefield park that encompasses a portion of ground over which the Canadian Corps made their assault during the Battle of Vimy Ridge. France ceded this park to Canada on the understanding that Canada use the land as a park and a memorial.
Every year, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month we remember those who died serving their country at a Remembrance Day Service.
The Many Bays Community Band and the Many Bays Singers are facilitating this service on Sunday, November 11, 2018, at the Riondel Community Centre, starting at 10:40 am.
Following the service, the Riondel Seniors Association is providing a light luncheon for a small donation. Everyone is welcome to attend.