Rockin’ & Talkin’ – Remembrance Day occupies the week to come

The monthly column of news and events from the Clinton Seniors Association.

One has only to look outside and see that indeed Summer is over and Fall is hanging on tenuously. The gold and yellow leaves are brilliant in the morning sun which quickly melts the heavy, white snow-like frost on the roof tops…all this under a bright, cloudless blue sky; another beautiful day in the South Cariboo.

By the time you read this, the Clinton Seniors Association Marketplace will have come and gone. Thank you to everyone who attended this fund raising event on Nov. 1. Your support is appreciated. Winner of the Peel ‘n’ Pay Raffle and the Guessing Game will be announced later.

Remembrance Day, also known as Poppy Day or Armistice Day, is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth countries and other countries around the world since the end of World War I to remember the members of the armed forces who have died in the line of duty.

Remembrance Day is observed on the 11th of November to recall the end of hostilities of World War I on that date in 1918. Hostilities formally ended “at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in accordance with the Armistice signed by representatives of Germany and the Entente.

The day was specifically dedicated by King George V on Nov. 7, 1919. The very first Armistice Day was held at Buckingham Palace commencing with King George V holding a “Banquet in honour of the President of the French Republic” during the evening hours of Nov. 10, 1919. The first official Armistice Day was subsequently held on the grounds of Buckingham Palace on the morning of Nov. 11, 1919.

The Remembrance Day ceremony is organized by the Legion which has an agreement to use the National War Memorial. It is unknown at this time if the Prime Minister will attend the Remembrance Day service in Ottawa; also unclear whether Princess Anne will visit the National War Memorial on Nov. 11 as scheduled. She was supposed to tour Ottawa Nov. 10-11. Last week the federal government announced that the theme for the tour is “Canada’s Heroes: A Celebration of Accomplishment and Pride” and Princess Anne would join Canadians and the world in marking the anniversaries of the start of both world wars. The memorial, originally built as a tribute to those Canadians who died in the First War, was unveiled 75 years ago by Princess Anne’s grandparents, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.)

At the Seniors Centre, 217 Smith Avenue,  on Nov. 20, the regular General meeting of the Clinton Seniors Association will be held following noon lunch. After a brief recess, the Annual General Meeting will follow. Come out and cast your vote for new Directors and Officers. New members are welcome!

Zee Chevalier