Candlelight service honours veterans

The Ponoka Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion will be hosting a special ceremony to show gratitude for those who served in the Second World War and had a role in liberating the Netherlands.

The Ponoka Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion will be hosting a special ceremony to show gratitude for those who served in the Second World War and had a role in liberating the Netherlands.

The Candlelight Tribute Ceremony began in the Netherlands to honour those who had liberated the country.

In 1955, the Dutch held a special ceremony commemorating 50 years of liberation and children placed lit candles on the graves of Canadian soldiers which remained lit overnight.

Today, candlelit tributes have become annual ceremonies across Europe and North America.

Dorothy Houghton, president, believes that the tribute will be valuable to all who attend.

“The aims of this ceremony are to engage youth in remembrance activities and to increase awareness and understanding of the price paid by many Canadians to protect peace and freedom at home and around the world,” said Houghton.

For more information contact the Legion at 403-783-4076.