November first is more than a time to think about playoff football. This is a time to remember the military conflicts that Canada has been involved in and the ones we are still apart of.
We collect our thoughts, images and memories of fathers, grand and great-grandfathers that spent time in muddy, cold battlefields far away.
They fought because it was what was asked of them. They fought as a sense of duty to country and family. And today, soldiers still are marching.
The boots on the ground may leave their mark on foreign soil. They may be right here defending us on home turf. Perhaps it is just the memories of those boots.
I respect the past, acknowledge the present and admire those that train for the future.
Our father did not go to war. His parents came to Canada from Wales via London. As the only son, he was farming with his father.
I had two uncles that were apart of the military – one in the U.S. and one in Saskatchewan. My aunt and uncle have long been members of the Royal Canadian Legion. My Uncle Jim passed away many years ago, but I remember him fondly and think he was pretty proud to be a Legion member.
I carry on as a Legion member out of respect for those family members.
Canadian school kids are encouraged to draw posters, write stories and poems to pay tribute to soldiers that fought to keep us free and safe.
The list of events begins Saturday with the RCL Ladies Auxiliary Poppy Day Tea. The event is 1 til 3pm at the Trinity Lutheran Church 1909 Ottawa Street. Admission is $5.
The Northgate Mall Food Court will be a colourful sight as the Legion Colour Guard and veterans will be on parade.
The morning of Sunday, November 5th at 10:45, Veteran’s Week will begin with a march from the Legion to the Cenotaph, downtown Regina. The Saskatchewan Military Museum will be open daily at 1820 Cornwall Street beginning on Monday, November 6th. Army, Air Force, Navy and Veterans are invited to stop by for fellowship to the Vimy Lounge through the week. Each evening from 5 to 7 pm the Legion will offer a Burger & Beer to current and past military for $5.
Wednesday, November 8th the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 001 invites you to the PRESS BOX Bar & Grill for STEAK NIGHT – Tickets are $20. They can be obtained at the Legion office 1820 Cornwall Street or at CKRM 1900 Rose St.
On Saturday, November 11th there will be two Services of Remembrance – the Brandt Centre and the Cenotaph.
If you have not yet purchased a poppy – please do.
We Shall Remember.