“They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old, age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we shall remember them.”
The Carlyle Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion hosted the annual Remembrance Day ceremony in town on Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 10:45 in the filled gymnasium of Carlyle Elementary School.
The community remembered those they have lost through the World War I and World War II roll calls being named, while words of remembrance were also said for those that have served in the Korean War, on peace keeping missions with the United Nations, and our most recent soldiers who have been involved in the Middle East.
Numerous wreaths were laid in honour of these men and women who have given their lives to serving Canada.
Rev. Sung Shim with the Carlyle United Church officiated this year, speaking about the importance of remembrance and striving to be good to each other.
Jesse Twietmeyer trumpeted “The Last Post” and “The Reveille.” “The Last Post” is played to signify the end of a military day, but it symbolizes more than just that, it is played at military funerals to indicate a soldier has been laid to rest and is also played in honour of all soldiers on Remembrance Day.
Following two-minutes of silence “The Reveille” is played. This song is to wake soldiers beginning their day in military culture, but at Remembrance Day it once again signifies more: “At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we shall remember them.”
Dianne Twietmeyer read the poem “In Flanders Fields,” by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae. It is the poem’s 100th anniversary this year.
Wreaths were laid by many and thoughts of loved ones past and present were among those being honoured.
As the service concluded at Carlyle Elementary School the Colour Party paraded to the Cenotaph in town where three wreaths were laid: one for World War I and World War II veterans, one for all veterans who have returned from war, and one for UN/NATO members.