HEAVEN HOLDS TOO MANY HEROES
A heartfelt Remembrance Day tribute from Chilliwack
Piper Kendal Clarke pays home to the Richard Statue at the Chilliwack Museum on Remembrance Day.
sun shone over a sombre crowd bundled up against the cold at the Main St
cenotaph Sunday morning to pay tribute at the Remembrance Day memorial denoting
the 100th anniversary of the end of WW 1 when on November 11, 1918, at the 11th
hour, the signing of the armistice took place in Paris.
For some it was impossible to contain tears as the group listened to prayers, poetry, national anthems and patriotic music. They saw the raising of the Canadian flag in recognition of the 37 million lives lost in what began as European nationalist conflicts between France, Britain and Germany that eventually spread worldwide.
WW 1 lasted four long years. A quote from Ralph Waldo Emmerson says "The characteristic of genuine heroism is its persistency."
At the cenotaph local Piper Kendal Clarke paid
tribute at the statue of Piper Richardson, James Cleland Richardson V.C., on the
opposite side of the museum and then launched the ceremony.
The Chilliwack Air Wolf commander called out orders to the honour guard, RCMP, Chilliwack Fire Department, BCAS Paramedics, and even Girl Guides and Boy Scouts who all proudly marched around the cenotaph and disappeared down Princess Ave.
There was no CAF flyover, however a pair of white Cessnas passed over at one point during the ceremony.
Chilliwack RCMP march around the downtown past the cenotaph on Princess Ave.
MLA John Martin, City councillor Jason Lum and MP Mark Strahl repersenting municipal, provincial and federal governments. Strahl's father, Chuck, a former MP and veteran, laid wreaths representing veterans who gave their lives in action.
local businesses also paid respect by laying wreaths.
BC Premier John Horgan paid tribute on behalf of people in BC.
"On Remembrance Day, British Columbians honour the courage and sacrifice of veterans, armed forces members and merchant marines who have served our country," said BC premier John Horgan in a release Sunday. “We also recognize the families who have lost sons and daughters, mothers and fathers, and cared for those who have returned with injuries, both visible and invisible."
Reports were that global observances took place in Australia and New Zealand where thousands of paper poppies dropped.
In Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, there was a 100 gun salute. Tributes were were also paid in places as far away such as in the Polish capital of Warsaw where people wearing red armbands set off firecrackers and marched in solidarity through the streets. Hong Kong and Dehli also held liturgies for the more than 70,000 soldiers who died in various battles. Myanmar and other Commonwealth contries also had ceremonies.
In a dispatch Monday, the Canadian Armed forces (CAF) said that Defence Mnister Harjit S. Sajja travelled to Romania.
This is the third time Canadians and Romanians have worked in unison in Romania, as NATO defence allies.
Sajjan visited and held a town hall meeting with the approximately 130 CAF personnel deployed to Romania’s Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base with five CF-18 Hornets working alongside the Romanian Air Force in support of NATO’s enhanced air policing, a peacetime collective defence mission to safeguard the integrity of NATO airspace.
The Chilliwack Fire Department
marches in solidarity.
"Our bond with Romania continues to grow stronger and is a testament to the unity within the NATO alliance. Engagements such as these demonstrate the collective resolve of allies, the defensive nature of NATO, and the unified stance to deter the threat of potential aggression against NATO Allies. Canada is proud to serve alongside our Romanian Allies and we look forward to continuing this relationship moving forward," said Sajjan.
Lest We Forget