Ponoka Legion holds Remembrance Day ceremony

(Photos by Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)(Photos by Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)
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(Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)

The Royal Canadian Legion Ponoka Branch No. 66 honoured the sacrifices of Canadian forces in the past, and the lives of members recently lost, in their Remembrance Day ceremony Nov. 11.

Dorothy Houghton read a tribute to veteran Walter Burchnall, who passed away last February.

Houghton helped care for Burchnall in his last days in a local retirement facility, and her grandchildren also had a special relationship to him.

There was then a reading of names of veterans and Branch No. 66 members who had passed away in 2021 and 2020.

Pastor Rob McArthur gave a homily, speaking about his grandfather’s time in service and about finding one’s purpose in life.

Dignitaries who laid wreaths included Mayor Kevin Ferguson, East District fire chief Rob Johnson, Jason Kline, representing the Ponoka Stampede and teacher Ron Labrie, representing the youth of Ponoka.

They were led by Sergeant at Arms Richard Evans.