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One Country.
One Community.
One Day.

November 16, 2011

RCMP Sgt. Tom Vanderzwan (left) and Special Constable for the M.D. of Provost, Ian Green led the colour party into Prairie Hall as Remembrance Day ceremonies got underway on November 11. ©Provost News Photo.

War Dead, Veterans Are Honoured on Nov. 11

Tributes were made during a Remembrance Day service in Provost on Friday morning, November 11 to those who gave up their lives during wartime fighting for freedom.

Prairie Hall was filled with people at the service organized by the Provost Ministerial Association.

O Canada was sung to begin the service, followed by an opening prayer and then a scripture reading by Pastor Robert Bachmann.

An address given by Rev. Greg Parker paid tribute to the many volunteer soldiers who thought it was the ‘right thing to do’ when they went to war so many years ago. He reminded the crowd of evil people and also those who fought to give freedoms to others. So many people did not come back, the minister said. Parker also talked about the curse of ‘child soliders’. He also made reference to a Biblical passage in Revelations.

A hymn “This is My Father’s World” was then sung by the congregation. Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae’s poem, “In Flanders Fields” was read by Bachmann.

Former resident Deanna Victoor (nee Austin) addressed the crowd saying that her first connection to Remembrance Day was when she was a Brownie in town. She said that there were sons from both sides in WWII who did not want to fight but the enemy was forced into fighting by one man—Hitler—leading the world into a bloodbath. She said that hatred in hearts can turn into wars and urged people to strive for peace in their hearts.

At approximately 11 a.m. The Last Post was heard, followed by two minutes of silence.

Victoor then sang a song she wrote six years ago called “Souls of Sacrifice.”

The reading of names of those from the district who gave their lives in World War I and II followed. 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 called “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” was sung by the congregation.

Wreaths were then laid on behalf of, or in remembrance of: veterans, today’s fallen, Government of Canada, bereaved mothers, 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, Servus Credit Union, 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, Seniors’ Drop In Centre, 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, William Pylypow, Sgt. Bob Scott and Regimental Sgt. Major Bobby Girard.

God Save the Queen was sung.

Pianist was Irene McCormick while the RCMP and MD special constable also participated in the ceremony.

Rest of story in November 16 edition of The Provost News.
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Grade 6 Science Tests Earn STA ‘School Distinction’

Thomas Aquinas School was recognized as being among the best elementary schools in Alberta at the annual Awards for Excellence in Education in Calgary Tuesday, November 8.

The honour was given after Grade 6 provincial science results were analysed, according to Peter Cowley, Fraser Institute director of school performance studies.

The Fraser Institute is an independent research and educational organization with offices in Calgary, Montréal, Toronto and Vancouver.

Full story in November 16 edition of The Provost News.
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