The Bentley School Remembrance Day service was held on Nov. 9 with a number of Bentley Care Centre residents in attendance.
Assistant principal Stephen Lush, in his volunteer firefighter uniform, was the emcee.
Five members of the Lacombe Legion and Ladies Auxiliary, and seven members of the Red Deer Royal Canadian Legion Pipe and Drum band, along with RCMP liaison officer Const. Leanne Zielke, two Red Deer Air Cadets (Hueppelsheuser and Jones), and local volunteer firefighter Capt. Al Bickford were a special addition to the color parade and ceremony.
Also representing youths were some Guides, Brownies and Sparks and their leaders from the Bentley Guides movement and a Beaver from Scouts, all students in Bentley.
Students sang and signed O Canada, which was led by Kelsey Vig and Heather Lautenbach. The Lord’s Prayer was led by Reese Pollitt.
In Flanders Fields was read by Zoe Lorenz and accompanied by grades 1 to 3 students.
The song Wavin’ Flag by K’naan was sung by the school choir, and Hayley Lush and Falon Vert read Why Wear a Poppy?
Grades 4 to 6 fine arts option students sang We Shall Remember.
Rev. Adam Kilner offered a prayer for peace and the Red Deer Legion band played a medley of tunes before the closing of the 45-minute ceremony.
A decreased attendance could have been because of poor weather and road conditions.
The program was choreographed by Lada Karpova who is filling in for full-time fine arts teacher Marla Kolybaba.
There was a good turnout at the community service in the Bentley Community Church on Nov. 11 despite unseasonal wintry weather.
Two RCMP members in their red serge and a few youth members representing Sparks, Brownies and Guides, along with their leaders, were among those who participated in the march in and the laying of the wreaths. Many community members placed wreaths to honor and remember family and friends.
Pastor Greg Rathjen shared part of the funeral service of his first cousin’s son who was killed in Afghanistan last year on his 14th deployment and also showed a film clip called The Angel Flight Home and more.
Hot homemade style beef and chicken soup along with bread were served for lunch in the church gymnasium following the service. A lot of visiting and reminiscing went on there.
The Bentley Elks’ annual turkey bingo took place in the community hall in the afternoon with the gracious help of some students and others. The Royal Purple once again offered for sale their highly sought after homemade pies.
Both the Elks and the Royal Purple invite the community to come find out what they are all about. Bentley Elks meet at 8 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month and the Bentley Royal Purple meet the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. Both meet in the Elks/Legion Hall beside the Bentley Town Office. New members are always welcome.