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Lieutenant-colonel special guest speaker at Uigg Remembrance Day service

As the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War nears, Canadians are reminded of the loss of thousands of young lives from their home communities and provinces.
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UIGG, PE.I. - Uigg-Kinross-Grandview Women’s Institute member Jane MacPhee welcomed everyone to the well-attended Remembrance Day service held Nov. 11, 3 p.m., in the Uigg Community Centre.

This year marked the 28th anniversary of the service being held in the community centre. MacPhee made special mention of members of the Eldon Legion in attendance and spoke of the ultimate price which was paid and continues to be paid by veterans during various wars and conflicts to protect the freedom and privileges which people enjoy and often take for granted.

MacPbee also introduced the guest speaker, Lieut.-Col. Rob Tesselaar, formerly of Grandview, who quoted statics showing the role Canada played in the World Wars as well as in the conflicts since. These figures brought to light the great sacrifice that Canadians made over the past 100 years. Tesselaar, who had been deployed once to Bosina-Herzegovina and twice to Afghanistan, received a masters of defence studies in 2013. In 2018 he was posted to Gagetown, N.B., as deputy commander of the 5th Canadian Division Support Group, which supports Canadian Army training and operations across the Atlantic provinces.

Father Benedict Paulraj from St. Joachim’s Catholic Church, Vernon River, delivered a prayer for peace. ‘In Flanders Field”, as well as the response, were repeated in unison by youth.

Also part of the service, which was under the direction of the Uigg-Kinross-Grandview WI, was the reading of the Honour Roll, the playing of “The Last Post”, followed by two minutes of silence and “Reveille”, other musical selections and the laying of wreaths. The wreaths were placed later at the cenotaph at Orwell Head Cemetery.

A prayer by Rev. Karen MacNeil of St Andrew’s Church, Vernon, closed the service, at which time the youth were invited to join in ringing bells in recognition of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

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