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Whitecourt Remembrance Activities

Contributed by Legion Branch 44 - Whitecourt, Alberta

Pre – Remembrance Day Activities

All schools have been given information to enable the students to participate in the literary and poster contests sponsored by the Legion. We encourage as many students as possible to either write poems or essays, or make posters with the theme “Remembrance”. Our local legion awards prizes to the first and second place winners in all categories. These then go to Zone, District, Provincial and Dominion level competitions.

Poppy puppies and the new 2 color quarter are available for sale at the Branch.

Branch 44 normally has their general meeting on the 2nd Thursday of the month, but for November we will be having it on the 1st Thursday (November 4) to finalize Remembrance Day activities.

November 6, 2004 will be Poppy Day in Whitecourt. The Legion is assisted by the Army & Air Cadets, Scout & Guide organizations. They will be out selling poppies from 10 AM until 2PM. All businesses are encouraged to purchase a wreath to be placed in their place of business, along with the poppy trays.

Branch 44 presently has 8 Veterans of WW I, WW II, & the Korean War. They are: Gordon Brown, Ernie Ferguson, Lorraine Hall, Joffre Hill, Harry Johnson, Floyd Krause, Don Smith & Ron Stevens. These veterans were recently honoured at a Veterans Appreciation Night at the Legion.

November 11, 2004

Parade form up at the Legion at 10:15 AM.
Pipers, Lord Strathcona Soldiers, Cadets, Scout & Guide organizations will be marching in the parade with able bodies Legionairres. Other organizations, such as Knights of Columbus, Lions, Rotary, Shriners, etc. are more than welcome to join the parade.

Ceremonies commence at the Community Centre (Central School) at 10:30 AM

Guest Speaker: MLA George VanderBurg
Bugler: Darcy Trigg

Following the Act of Remembrance about 25 wreaths will be placed at the indoor cenotaph in the school.

The parade will march past the outdoor cenotaph at the Whitecourt Senior’s Circle on its way back to the Legion.
Everyone is invited to the Legion for refreshments following the ceremonies and parade.

NOTE: Smoking downstairs and Non-smoking upstairs in the Legion.