Once again the students at H. Hardcastle School honoured all soldiers who have served, in their annual Remembrance Day service held Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. in the gymnasium. Following the entrance of the members of Royal Candian Legion Branch No. 106 and the flagbearers, Elexis Bourrier and Ryan Bec, Abbey Harty opened the ceremony as she played the national anthem on the keyboard.
MC Zachary Gordon welcomed all to the service and proceeded to call upon the first place winners of the poetry and essay contest from last year to read their winning entries. Also providing musical selections were the Grade 7 and 8 class, Macey Levasseur and Clayton Wolfe. Following The Last Post, minute of silence and Reveille was the laying of the wreaths.
This year the wreath-bearers were: Grade 12 – Breanne Macnab, Grade 11 – Kesha Schaefer, Grade 10 – Sabrina Froese, Grade 9 – Trinity Froese, Grade 8 – Bailey Cole, Grade 7 – Nadian Holloway, Grade 6 – Ava Cole, Grade 5 – Lacy Pelchat, Grade 4 – Aleesa Sharp, Grade 3 – Keagan Russett, Grade 2 – Presley Sharp, Grade 1 – Reid Olson and Vayda McDonald, kindergarten – Hunter Weber and Savannah Elliott, staff – Ms. Tory McNie, school community council – Danielle Troesch, RCMP – Cst. Wabe Yuan and Royal Canadian Legion – Judy Carignan.
The service was brought to a close with the flag-bearers escorting the honoured guests out of the gym.
The morning of Nov. 11 was a morning of no snow and mild temperatures for the time of year. At 10:30 a.m. the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 106 held their annual Remembrance Day service at the Legion in Edam.
Huguette MacGregor accompanied the national anthem on the piano. Pastor Dave Walker welcomed all and called upon Huguette MacGregor to read In Flanders Fields. The hymn, O God of Love, O Power of Peace, was sung accompanied by Huguette MacGregor on piano, followed by the scripture read by Rev. Peter and the message delivered by Rev. Kun Kim.
Following Taps, the minute of silence and the Act of Remembrance was the laying of the wreaths. These were laid by Frank Poole, Myrna Head, Louis McCaffrey, Kyle Esquirol and Barry Weitzel. The service was then drawn to a close by Pastor Dave Walker giving the benediction and dismissal.
A delicious lunch was served by the members of the legion and enjoyed by all.
Everyone also viewed the 216 entries for the Remembrance Day poster, poem and essay contests by the local students. Winners were also announced, however I will reveal those when the awards are given out at the school at a later date.