The 2016 Remembrance Day Service, Parade and Celebration was a great success thanks to all our dedicated volunteers from Grandview Legion Branch 179 that organized and participated this year’s services.
With the weather co-operating and a great crowd turnout the service started promptly at 11 by our Master of Ceremonies, Comrade Gerry Vowles, 2nd Vice President and Life Member and singing of the National Anthems of both Canada and the USA led by Comrade and Life Member Leona Reynolds. Leona also closed the ceremony by leading us in the singing of God Save the Queen.
This year’s other participants included Parade Marshall’s, Comrade Daniel Presley and Comrade Hector Nicolson. Our Sergeant-At-Arms was Comrade Hector Nicolson with the members of the Branch #179 Colour Party providing colours for the service and the parade. Cenotaph Sentries were provided by the 59 Vancouver Air Cadet Squadron and Bugler, Sergeant Morgan Chow, Air Cadet performed Last Post and Rouse. The Robert Malcolm Memorial Pipe Band II also performed and marched playing for the service with renditions of Flowers of the Field, Lament and Amazing Grace. A reading of the famous poem “In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae was also performed this year by Comrade Barb Salmon, Life Member.
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After the laying of the Official Wreaths by dignitaries and other guests all participating organizations re-formed in rank and marched down Commercial Drive to Legion Branch #179, passing the Reviewing Stand where Comrade Peter Salmon, President of Grandview Legion and Veteran Comrade Reid Lewis, Life Member along with other Officials took the Salute.
After the parade the celebration of remembrance got under way at the branch and was well attended by members and guests alike. Lots of Cheer, Great Music and Tasty Food was consumed as festivities progressed during the day. Special thanks go to the bar staff which did a great job in handling and serving the crowd and to the volunteers who prepared, organized and served the food. Great Job!
They are our fathers, brothers, mothers
and sisters, neighbours … heroes.
Their courage, service and sacrifice
will never be forgotten.