Legion ceremony honours fallen

On Oct. 6 the Royal Canadian Legion hosted its annual Candlelight Tribute Ceremony at sunset to remember fallen soldiers

Ponoka remembers.

On Oct. 6 the Royal Canadian Legion hosted its annual Candlelight Tribute Ceremony at sunset to remember fallen soldiers.

“The candelight ceremony began in the Netherlands to shown thanks and honour those who liberated the country and its people from German occupation during the Second World War,” explained Dorothy Houghton, past president of the legion.

The first ceremony was observed by Dutch children on the 50th anniversary of the liberation in 1995. They placed candles on the graves of Canadian soldiers to remember their sacrifice, said Houghton.

“Tonight, in the Forest Home Cemetery in Ponoka, we are gathered to honour all who went to war in World War One, World War Two and the Korean War.”

She said the soldiers who came home and those who died in service to their country fought “for what we have now; to protect peace and freedom at home and around the world.”

As darkness fell over the fields of honour and the Last Post was played, celebrants placed lit candles at the graves of veterans.

The Act of Remembrance was recited and O Canada sung to conclude the ceremony.