Rimbey remembers during solemn Remembrance Day service

A veteran salutes the cenotaph outside of the Rimbey Legion following the Remembrance Day service on Nov. 11. The service was live streamed this year to keep gathering sizes small. (Photo by Leah Bousfield)A veteran salutes the cenotaph outside of the Rimbey Legion following the Remembrance Day service on Nov. 11. The service was live streamed this year to keep gathering sizes small. (Photo by Leah Bousfield)
The Colour Guard marches to the Rimbey Legion, where this year’s Remembrance Day service was held, outdoors. The service this year was kept small to lessen the potential spread of COVID-19. (Photo by Leah Bousfield)The Colour Guard marches to the Rimbey Legion, where this year’s Remembrance Day service was held, outdoors. The service this year was kept small to lessen the potential spread of COVID-19. (Photo by Leah Bousfield)
The Colour Guard and members of the RCMP stand at attention during the service. (Photo by Leah Bousfield)The Colour Guard and members of the RCMP stand at attention during the service. (Photo by Leah Bousfield)
The Remembrance Day service was short and sweet, but no less heartfelt. The half an hour service, live streamed on the Rimbey Legion’s Facebook page was viewed by almost 700 viewers. (Photo by Leah Bousfield)The Remembrance Day service was short and sweet, but no less heartfelt. The half an hour service, live streamed on the Rimbey Legion’s Facebook page was viewed by almost 700 viewers. (Photo by Leah Bousfield)
MP for Red Deer-Lacombe Blaine Calkins lays a wreath at the cenotaph outside of Rimbey Legion on Nov. 11. (Photo courtesy of Blaine Calkins)MP for Red Deer-Lacombe Blaine Calkins lays a wreath at the cenotaph outside of Rimbey Legion on Nov. 11. (Photo courtesy of Blaine Calkins)

It was a cold day, but Rimbey still same out to honour the veterans of the First and Second World Wars, and those of the conflicts since.

The small, invitation-only service was live streamed by the Rimbey Legion so everyone in the town could take part, while still keeping to their cohorts and physical distancing in the world of COVID-19.

To ensure physical distancing was in place, the service, which was about a half an hour in length, was held outside at the cenotaph at the Legion.

While the service had a smaller attendance than normal, the message of Remembrance was felt by all those who watched from home or in person.

“Every Remembrance Day is a special occasion, but this year is especially important as it marks 75 years since the end of the surrender of the German axis allies during WWII,” said Rimbey President Garrett Jones.

“Without the bravery of these men and women who served during WWII, we cannot imagine what the world would be like today.”

The Padre spoke a prayer of thanks, remembrance and hope.

“We meet in the presence of God. We commit ourselves to work in penitence of faith for reconciliation between the nation, that all people may together live in freedom, justice and peace,” he said.

Ten wreaths were laid before the cenotaph at the end of the ceremony, and each person took a moment to reflect and remember those who have been lost.

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