Emo holds Remembrance Day service

Passing Canada’s legacy to the younger generation is the appropriate approach to Remembrance Day.
Students at district schools like Donald Young, Our Lady of the Way, and Sturgeon Creek marked Remembrance Day last Thursday with full honours,including observing a two-minute silence to remember those who fell in World War I, World War II, and Korea.
Meanwhile, the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #99 and Auxiliary held its annual service at Emo Legion. It was presented by the Emo Ministerial in co-operation with the Legion executive, with an excellent attendance on hand.
Emo Ministerial personnel included Rev. Gerald VanSmeerdyk (Christian Reformed), Pastor Dan Pearson (Off Lake Evangelical Covenant), Fr. James Panikulam (St. Patrick’s), Rev. Merna Major and Eileen Bragg (St. George’s Anglican), Pastor Andrew Hall (Calvary Baptist), and Rev. Frances Flook and Miriam Bowlby (United Church of Emo and Devlin).
Sgt.-at-Arms Bill McCready and the colour party participated in the Marching of the Colours while the ministerial took part in prayer and scripture readings.
“We are blessed in Canada for the freedom we have and cherish,” noted Rev. Major.
Brenda Meyers led the audience in the singing of “O God Our Help in Ages Past,” “Amazing Grace,” and “Let There be Peace on Earth.”
The Sea Cadets No. 144 also were on hand, including Dawn Scott, Chris Edwards, Thomas Edwards, Matthew Smart, Kaleb Firth, Mark Heyens, Teresa Caul, Deanne Martin, Emily Taylor, Hannah Firth, Daniel Caul, Jodi Caul, Carly Smart, Sierra Woolsey, Jade Allan, Justin Newman, Samantha Steele, and Cmdr. Terry Newman.
Laying wreaths at the Emo cenotaph were Wallace Hughes (Legion Br. #99), Jean Steele (Legion Auxiliary), Nick Veldhuisen (Christian Reformed), Pastor Hall (Calvary Baptist), David Loney (United Church), Charlie Dimit (St. George’s Anglican), and Kathy Leek (St. Patrick’s).
Jackie Hunsperger was the Silver Cross Mother, who also laid a wreath on behalf of the Emo Hospital Auxiliary.
Also laying wreaths were the Ontario government (represented by Wallace Hughes), the federal government (represented by Nevin Bonot), the DVA (Miles Kinnear), Sea Cadets (Terry Newman), Emo-La Vallee Community Centre (Cecil Ogden), Lions Club (Miles Melnick), Municipality of Emo (Reeve Brian Reid), OPP (Cst. Scott Watkins), Emo Toy Library (James O’Sullivan), and Scouts (Lincoln Dunn).
After the two minutes of silence at the cenotaph, Nevin Bonot read the names of comrades who had fallen in the two world wars. The ceremony concluded with the “Last Post” and “Reveille.”
More than 80 people attended the banquet held later at the Emo Legion. President Wallace Hughes welcomed guests and introduced the head table. Rev. Frances Flook said Grace, then the Legion Ladies Auxiliary served supper.
Reading of “In Flanders Fields” was by Tanner Kaemingh, with the response given by Jennifer Carmody and Theo DeGroot of Donald Young School.
After the supper, Legion Br. #99 recognized several veterans with 50-year service pins. They included Jean Morphet (51), Garnet Hands (51), Ken Oien (51), Ron McQuaker for Wilson Mosher (50), Elmer Haglin (50), Raoul Cayer (50), Carl Bragg (50), Gerald Seed of Calgary (54), and Ernest Tough in Winnipeg Hospital (52).
The Emo Centennial Committee honoured the veterans with centennial pins in recognition of their long service. The committee concluded the evening’s program by leading in several favourite songs.
The Legion Br. #99 invites the public to join them on May 8, 2000 for the complete cenotaph service.