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Tantramar IODE commemorates Remembrance Day

On Monday, Nov. 6, President Wanda St. Peter opened the meeting with the members repeating in unison the IODE prayer and motto.

She welcomed 14 Chapter members to the meeting held at the First Baptist church. Acting/Secretary, Dody Dickinson read the October minutes which were approved as read.

Regrets were received from Mary Trenholm, and Audrey Copp.

Treasurer, Dot Arthurs presented the treasurers report.

Reports were heard from Services, Standard Bearer, Thrifty Things, and Flower Fund.

Jean Harrison will lay the Remembrance Day wreath on Saturday, Nov. 11.

Historian Toot Langille, referred to a poem called High Flight written by John Gillespie Magee.

One day in late August or early September, 1941, a 19-year-old Royal Canadian Air Force fighter pilot named John Gillespie Magee, Jr., who was then serving with the No. 412 Squadron in Royal Air Force Digby, England, sent a letter to his parents.

“I am enclosing a verse I wrote the other day,” he began. “It started at 30,000 feet, and was finished soon after I landed.” The verse, or “ditty,” as Magee later refers to it, was a sonnet titled “High Flight,” a 14-line paean to the sublimity and sheer joy of flight felt by Magee during a solo run in his Spitfire aircraft

High Flight

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth

And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;

Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth

of sun-split clouds,—and done a hundred things

You have not dreamed of—wheeled and soared and swung

High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,

I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung

My eager craft through footless halls of air. . . .

Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue

I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace

Where never lark nor ever eagle flew—

And, while with silent lifting mind I’ve trod

The high untrespassed sanctity of space,

Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

President Wanda St. Peter noted that the 2018 Annual meeting will be held in Dartmouth, on April 18 and 19.

Discussion held on nominating committee members.

Happy Birthday wishes are sent to Cathy Moffatt.

Shirley Oram read the poem “In Flanders Fields” by John McRae.

President Wanda St. Peter closed the meeting with “God Bless Our Queen and Canada.”

A thank you goes out to Sylvia Cowie and Marilyn Farrow for a lovely light lunch.

- Submitted by Linda Weatherbee, Communications Officer


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