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Wallace Elementary students take time to remember

Malagash News with Marian Durling

Well the weather has finally changed. Friday evening pipes froze in several cottages in our area. Wood stoves were lit and people were snuggling to keep warm on the first cold night we have had this fall.

The outdoor shower was operational on Thursday but no more. Oh well, we lasted longer than any other fall.

On Friday, Wallace Elementary School held its annual Remembrance Day service with members of the Malagash Legion as their special guests.

The ceremony began with the students entering with battery operated lights which they laid on a table.

The video Pittance of Time by Terry Kelly played during this entrance.

After a welcome by the principal, Dorian Dorn, O Canada was sung followed by the Last Post and one minute of silence.

Kayden Lawless, a Grade 6 student read In Flander's Field by John McRae. Russ Durling, guest speaker, introduced the six legion members who accompanied him to the service.

Following his remarks regarding Vimy Ridge and Paschendaele Ridge, the video Highway of Heroes by the Trews was played and the students left the gym to put on outer clothing and led by the legion members, they marched to the cenotaph where Comrade Russ explained to the students the meaning of the cenotaph.

Following the service the legion members were guests of the students at a noon meal. The tradition of the legion service with the students has been going on for many years and the legion members really look forward to this time spent with the students.

Saturday morning, the annual Remembrance Day service was held in Malagash United Church with Padre Robert Dobson conducting the service.

He was assisted by Don Hall, who read the Responsive lesson, George MacKenzie, Legion President, read scripture, and Russ Durling, a poem entitled For The Fallen which was written by Lawrence Binyon.

The choir, under the leadership of organist, Jannie Berkelaar, sang In Flanders Field. Robert Dobson gave a very interesting message regarding some members of the Treen family who served in the First World War.

Following the church service, the congregation proceeded to the cenotaph where they were joined by a large number of people for the annual laying of wreaths.

The Silver Cross Mother was represented by Linda Armstrong who laid the first wreath, followed by Government of Canada, laid by legion president, George MacKenzie, provincial by Don Hall, and the Cumberland Country by former councillor Ron McNutt.

The Wallace School wreath was laid by Wesson Pollard, a Grade 5 student. Peter and Jannie Berkelaar laid a wreath in memory of the Canadians who paid the Supreme Sacrifice while liberating the people of Holland.

A wreath in memory of all those local citizen involved in the Coastal Watch program keeping our coast line secure was laid by Clarence Duggan.

This year a special wreath was laid in memory of all members of fire departments who served during world wars and other conflicts and this was laid on behalf of the Wallace Fire Department by Captain Paul Morrow.

Another 14 wreaths were laid in memory of various persons and laid by members of their families. A wonderful, somewhat chilly, service which was appreciated by all who attended. Following the service everyone was invited back to the legion for chili, stew and other warm items.

In the evening, the annual legion dinner was held in the community hall and catered by a committee of the community club. A delicious roast beef dinner was enjoyed by all and as usual, was followed by wonderful desserts.

Comrades George MacKenzie and Janice Wallace presented several long service awards and special veterans badges to a number of members present. A wonderful ending to a day of Remembrance in our little community.

There have been quite a lot of deer sightings lately and so everyone is encouraged to drive safely and be watchful. When it is cold the deer start to herd up and where there is one--you can rest assured there is at least one more ready to cross the road. Have a good week everyone and stay safe.

 

Marian Durling is the Malagash and area columnist for the Citizen-Record.

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