Remembrance Day 2016

at-the-going-downRemembrance Day 2016
Pender Island Royal Canadian Legion Branch 239
1344 Mackinnon Road

Schedule of Events for the Day:
10:45am Parade forms up and marches to the Cenotaph
10:59am Trumpeter – Sound the Last Post
11:00am Observe two minutes of silence
Piper: Lament
Trumpeter: Reveille
President: Act of Remembrance
Placing of the Wreaths
March off of the Parade to the Hall

There will be a service in the Legion hall with a guest speaker, reciting of ‘In Flanders Field’ and more.  After partaking of some food and beverages there will be the annual Art Pender sing-a-long where we gather around the piano and sing a few of the golden oldies!

Doug Pirie Memorial Candlelight Service 2016

Thursday, November 10th at 1:30pm at the Pender Island Cemetery with the Pender Island school children.  The children come by bus to the Pender cemetery and go with a veteran to place a candle on one of the 125 plus crosses that mark the place of the veterans who served so proudly on behalf of all Canadians in war and peace.  For many of the children it is there first exposure to Remembrance Day and at times can be very emotional as they come across a grandfather or uncle of their family and begin to recognize for themselves the sacrifices made.  Following is a short service where they learn about Remembrance Day and have an opportunity to hear stories first hand from Veterans or a Veterans family members.  The public is welcome to attend this event.

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At 6pm the candles on each cross will be lit and the public is invited to take a moment to pause and remember. Every year we go I feel the experience almost overwhelming as I gaze across the lawn at the red glow of the candles and listen to the lone piper in the background.  It is a very moving experience and one that will always be remembered.

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