ELK POINT – Five RCMP members in red serge led a sizeable parade past Elk Point’s cenotaph where Royal Canadian Legion member Roger Freeman stood at attention on a chilly but sunny Friday, Nov. 11, as they made their way to this year’s Remembrance Day ceremonies, the first since the passing of Queen Elizabeth II and with the flag still at half mast in tribute to the late monarch.
Deputy Mayor Tim Smereka welcomed the crowd on behalf of fellow organizers Couns. Wanda Cochrane and Jason Boorse, inviting everyone to join in the singing of O Canada, before all present stood silently for the Last Post, two minutes of silent reflection, a recorded lament and Reveille. Legion member Don Schultz recited the Act of Remembrance, followed by Heidi Sibal with ‘On Flanders Fields’ and Father Melvin with a prayer of remembrance and the hope for peace.
Elk Point’s first–ever wreath on behalf of King Charles III was placed by the RCMP, followed by Schultz with the Government of Canada wreath, Donna Hanson standing in for MLA David Hanson with the Province of Alberta wreath followed by Freeman for the County of St. Paul, Smereka for the Town of Elk Point, Col. James L’Hereux for the Regular Forces, Schultz for Reserves and Freeman for the Legion, representatives of businesses and organizations and those laying wreaths in remembrance of individuals.
Pastor Jim MacLellan brought the ceremony to a close with the benediction.