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One Country.
One Community.
One Day.

November 17, 2010
Provost Scouts (top) stop to contemplate a wreath to be laid by them in memory of people who lost their lives in wartime. Bottom: some veterans from Provost, quite likely thinking back 70 years to WWII activities. Story in this paper. ©Provost News Photos.
Remembrance Day Message:
Wars Touched Canadian Lives of All Ages, Races, And Social Classes
Prairie Hall was again filled with people during a Remembrance Day service in Provost on Thursday morning, November 11 as tributes were made to those who gave up their lives fighting for freedom.

The Provost Ministerial Association organized the service.

O Canada was sung to begin the service, followed by an opening prayer by Pastor Brent Deering.

Scripture readings were given by Rev. Robert Bachmann who told the crowd that “We honour those who fought for Canada in the First World War (1914-1918), the Second World War (1939-1945), and the Korean War (1950-1953), as well as those who have served since then. More than 1,500,000 Canadians have served our country in this way, and more than 100,000 have died. These wars touched the lives of Canadians of all ages, all races, and all social classes. Fathers, sons, daughters, and sweethearts: they were killed in action, they were wounded, and thousands who returned were forced to live the rest of their lives with the physical and mental scars of war.”

He added that the people who stayed in Canada also served in factories, in voluntary service organizations, wherever they were needed. “We must remember. If we do not, the sacrifice of those one hundred thousand Canadian lives will be meaningless. They died for us, for their homes and families and friends, for a collection of traditions they cherished and a future they believed in; they died for Canada. The meaning of their sacrifice rests with our collective national consciousness; our future is their monument.”

Bachmann also reminded people that so many willingly stood up to protect human rights, freedom and justice and that remains one of Canada’s defining characteristics in the eyes of the world. He also said that if several things were done, then perhaps the dead would have their due: “are we serving our country? Are we safeguarding its promise? Are we accepting responsibility for its destiny?” If we have any notion that men and women have died protecting this particular notion of freedom, this particular expression of a government then what due do we owe them? If enough Canadians would say, I will no longer watch too much TV; if enough Canadians would say, I will read the Bible which I know I should read; if enough Canadians would say, I will seek after God; if enough Canadians would say, I will vote in every election; if enough Canadians would say, I will do the things I know in my heart I should do, and make a passionate stand for the changes I feel are important – then Canada would be transformed.”

A hymn “The Lord’s My Shepherd” was then sung by the congregation.

Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae’s poem, “In Flanders Fields” was read by Pastor Paul McCormick while another poem called High Flight was read.

The Last Post was played by bugler Richard Holmes followed by two minutes of silence and the reading of names of those from the district who gave their lives in World War I and II. War I: 1914 - 1918: H. Adams, M. Anderson, W. Beatson, L. Bethune, S. Burge, J. Cagney, A. Creighton, C. Curtis, D. Edgar, C. Haughen, W. Irwin, M. R. Keffler, J. Leitheiser, K. Massey, P. B. Portway, W. Purdy, S. Smith, H. Stubbs, R. Tinsley, J. W. Watson, F. A. Weavers, F. Williams, E. Whittle and C. Wren. WWII:?1939 - 1945: Beverley Agar, August Bernard, Wilbert Bevan, Dale Butler, Alvin Broemeling, Ora Hall, Carl Kjos, Paul Larson, Conrad Martens, Rogers Pick, Jacob Rehman, Kenneth Rud, Gordon Shand, Curtis Smith, C. Wyett Swanson and Fred Wittmack. Names of Albertans who recently died in the Middle East were also read.

A hymn Abide With Me was sung by the congregation.

Wreaths were then laid on behalf of, or in remembrance of: veterans, Government of Canada, Province of Alberta, RCMP, Town of Provost, M.D. of Provost No. 52, Provost extended care nursing home, Provost Chamber of Commerce, Kinsmen Club, ATB Financial, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Provost and District Ministerial Association, New Hope Gospel Church, St. Mary's C.W.L., United Church Women, Central Lutheran Church, Provost Community Church, Provost Masonic Lodge, St. Thomas Aquinas School, Provost Public School, Sparks, Brownies, Guides and Pathfinders, Scouts, Cubs, Beavers, in memory of comrades Mac Imeson, Walter Murray, Lawrence Hoff, Reg Hawtin, Alice Lawrence, Peter Serwatka, Steve Pylypow and William Pylypow.

God Save the Queen was sung.

Pianist was Irene McCormick while RCMP, the town and MD special constables and cadets also participated in the ceremony.

Complete story in November 17 edition of The Provost News.
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Cowboy Takes First in Canadian Finals Rodeo
Thirteen year old Bryce West won first place in the 14 years and under Boy’s Steer Riding competition at this year’s Canadian Finals Rodeo held in Edmonton.

He was the season leader winning the most prize money in his category going into the competition.

Complete story in November 17 edition of The Provost News.
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Letters Complain About Utility Line Plans
Complete story in November 17 edition of The Provost News.
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Street Spokesman
This week we ask: "What Makes a Good Actor or Actress?"
. . . and we heard answers from Corbin Bernsen, Chris Aronoff, James Greilick and Oliver Bernsen. Check out the November 17 edition of The Provost News for their answers.
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