Bowmanville older adults remember the veterans

Original article by Jennifer O’Meara, published November 6th, 2018

CLARINGTON — To honour the courage and sacrifices of those who have served Canada during times of war and conflict, the Bowmanville Older Adult Association held a Remembrance Service on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

“We’re honoured and privileged to host (Royal Canadian Legion) Branch 178 every year to celebrate our veterans,” said Angie Darlison, BOAA executive director.

The colour guard from Bowmanville’s Royal Canadian Legion Branch 178launched the service. The lunchroom at the Beech Centre was packed with more than 150 BOAA members and guests who sang O Canada, prayed, listened to music and poetry and then held a minute of silence for Canada’s veterans.

 

“I think it’s important to remember all the people who have died in the war, and the ones who have served and come back with a lot of problems,” said Lorna Pim, a BOAA attendee who appeared deeply moved by the Remembrance Day service. “It was excellent; it’s always well done. It’s very moving.”

Local politicians, including members of Clarington council and Durham MPP Lyndsey Park, laid wreaths while the tune of Amazing Grace filled the air.

“I enjoy participating, not only as the MPP, but as someone who has been fortunate to grow up in peace and freedom in a beautiful country,” said Park.

Throughout early November, Remembrance Day services are being held across Clarington. From centre ice to long-term care homes, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 178 is planning to participate in 14 Remembrance Day services across Clarington this week.

“It’s important that we show people that the community remembers the veterans who served in World War I and II and Korea, and all those who are on peacekeeping assignments,” said John Greenfield, the veterans services officer for Royal Canadian Legion Branch 178.

*This may be a little delayed on our part, but the message is still strong