AD{CS6192560} AD{CS6185265} AD{CS6185281} www.portagedailygraphic.com The Herald Leader ? Thursday, November 3, 2016 17

Legion prepares for Remembrance Day

This is a special week for Canadian veterans and serving soldiers in Portage la Prairie and elsewhere. It is not just Remembrance Day - Nov. 11 - but a week where we remember and honour our soldiers past and present. It will be a poignant week marked by solemn occasions culminating with the annual laying of wreaths during a traditional ceremony at the PCU Centre. On the right of this article are two stories inviting us to explore, remember and honour our fallen heroes in very special ways. In many ways both events are special and unique to Portage la Prairie. If you have an opportunity to bring a young one with you, either will prove memorable and educational. Lynne Payette, Legion #65 membership chair, says the legion Remembrance Day ceremony will once again be held in the comfort of the PCU Centre. On Nov. 11 a colour party of Legion members, Army, Navy & Retired Air Force members, service men and women, RCMP in red serge, army and airforce cadets, boyscouts, girl guides, etc. ?They all march in to begin the ceremony. We ask that those who will attend be seated before that time.? Following the colour parade there will be a service with the traditional respectful two-minutes of silence. The ceremony continues with the laying of the wreaths, including that of the Silver Cross Mother.

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Remembrance Day

In Flanders Fields

poem by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, 3May 1915

In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row onrow, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below.

11 November

Lest we forget

Students to honour military headstones at Hillside Cemetery

Vimy Ridge Memorial lunch with PDAC

Paul Legris, executive director of the Portage & District Arts Centre invites you to a Remembrance Day lunch hour talk on the Canadian National Vimy Ridge Memorial on Nov. 10, 12 - 1 p.m. in the Portage & District Arts Centre entitled ?Visions of Vimy Ridge?. Legris invites you to bring a bag lunch with for this informal presentation of ?Visions of Vimy Ridge?. ?Beautifully situated outside the French Around 300 students and volunteers will again pay their respects to veterans and serving soldiers by placing poppies on military headstones at Hillside Cemetery. The No Stone Left Alone Memorial Foundation is a non-profit organization working to help raise funds, awareness, and support for the veterans and serving soldiers of Canada and their families. The goal is to ensure that every soldier?s headstone in fields of honour across Canada receives a poppy. McKenzies Portage Funeral Chapel was approached to hold this service in Portage la Prairie last year. ?With the help of the Grade 9 students from PCI and the Portage Legion Branch #65, we are honoured to be a part of the No Stone Left Alone Memorial Foundation.? The ceremony is scheduled for Nov. 8, 11 a.m. at Hillside Cemetery. cities of Arras, Lens and Vimy, the Canadian National Vimy Memorial is one of the most breathtaking Great War monuments overseen by the Government of Canada. ?Visions of Vimy Ridge? is an exciting photographic presentation and narrative on this spectauclar post-WW1 architectural achievement. The monument commemorates te thousands of Canadians who died at the historic Battle of Vimy Ridge, April, 1917.

We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now welie In Flanders fields. Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields.

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