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Ceremonies honour our veterans

Lest we forget.

With Remembrance Day approaching the same concerns keep arising each year.

Our dwindling veteran population is still getting their message out, but fear this may not continue in the future.

To address their concerns, many feel this day should be a holiday. The Royal Canadian Legion and most veterans disagree, as the real meaning would slowly erode over time if this were implemented.

At present, government employees get this day off, but how many attend services?

The media is still doing a great job each year getting the message out to the public. This year marked the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. It has been getting a lot of attention – and rightfully so.

After attending last year’s Remembrance Day ceremony at our granddaughters’ school in Greensville, where all students, teachers and numerous family members filled the Spencer Valley School gym, I agree with the veterans; no holiday should be given.

If so, the students would not be attending school or getting involved in this day’s true meaning, nor taking part in the one minute of silence.

For several weeks before and after school, these students put extra time in researching and practicing to put on this impressive full cenotaph service.

What a history lesson and remembrance for these students.

Coming from a family with many former veterans, it brought back memories, plus a history lesson for me.

Well done teachers and students.  Programs like this throughout the province will help ensure our veterans will not be forgotten by the generations to come.

Terry Bridle
Freelton

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