Members of the Ponoka Legion and others march on Remembrance Day during the Legion's ceremony.

Packed Legion during Remembrance Day ceremony

Ponoka residents crowd the Ponoka Legion during Remembrance Day ceremony.

There was standing room only at the Ponoka Legion on Remembrance Day as hundreds of residents came to show their respects to the veterans and the memory of the befallen.

The ceremony started at 10:15 a.m. with a short march and parade to the Legion’s cenotaph with members of the Legion, Air Cadets and RCMP and with accompaniment by the Edmonton Transit Pipes and Drums band. Dignitaries representing local, provincial and federal leaders paid their respects as well.

It gave community groups an opportunity to show their respects by placing a wreath during the ceremony. Groups such as the girl guides, boys scouts, Boys and Girls Club and others helped create an environment of respect and remembrance.

Legion chaplain Rev. Len Eichler told attendees that across Canada people have stopped to take time and remember the soldiers of the past. He says the poppy flower has created beauty to the many soldiers’ graveyards who died for their country.

“They (poppy flowers) keep faith with those who sleep,” said Eichler.

He suggested Canadians are lucky to have the freedoms many other people around the world do not. While most people struggle to gain freedom from corrupt leaders, Canadians can vote for their leaders and make a change to government if they are unhappy. “We don’t throw bombs, we cast ballots.”

“We don’t put in prison those who lost. We give them a pension,” he said lightheartedly.

“I’m so glad for my children and grand children this is our home and native land,” he added.

Freedom, said Eichler, is something that should not be taken for granted. He suggested Canadians would do well to remember the feelings of veterans who would have given their lives to secure freedom in Canada.

The veterans who did return from battle suffered other challenges such as post-traumatic stress disorder as well as injuries and other mental concerns. Eichler urged attendees to remind themselves of those sacrifices. He suggests a positive attitude of remembrance. “Lest we forget.”

The ceremony was followed by a pot luck lunch and music performances by the pipes and drums band.


Just Posted

Ponoka RCMP investigate liquor theft

Police looking to identify the suspect in an alleged liquor theft

Kittens rescued after allegedly being tossed from vehicle

Couple finds abandoned kittens new home through Facebook

Semi collides with vehicle on Highway 2

Members of the Ponoka Integrated Traffic Unit dealt with a call on Highway 2 north of Ponoka

Standing room only at Ponoka Legion Remembrance Day ceremony

Strong support for Remembrance Day shown by Ponoka residents.

Ponoka based team ropers add CFR crown to their world championship

Simpson, Buhler storm back to win Canadian championship; Green beats Thurston in saddle bronc

BC Hydro issues storm safety tips

Bulletin indicates “electrical contact incidents resulting in serious injury are on the rise.”

Cost to fix Phoenix pay system to surpass $540 million: auditor general

Michael Ferguson’s review hints the entire system should be scrapped

UPDATE: CBS fires Charlie Rose following allegations

Charlie Rose is the latest public figure to be accused with sexual misconduct allegations

LGBTQ advocates want military, RCMP to take part in apology

“These are all the organizations that perpetrated past discrimination against the LGBTQ community.”

Canadians are getting bad advice from the taxman

An auditor has found that Canadians are getting bad advice from the taxman, when they can get through

B.C. mining company stakes claim in Australia

Copper Mountain is set to purchase Cloncurry Copper Project in a $93-million deal.

B.C. reporter reflects on covering Charles Manson

Charles Manson, leader of a murderous cult, died on Sunday at 83

Report sets exercise guidelines for young kids, including ‘tummy time’ for babies

Kids aged one to four should get at least three hours of physical activity throughout the day

Most Read