Letter writers suggest the solemness of Remembrance Day be respected by attendees of public ceremonies.

LETTERS: A moment for honour, decorum

Letter writers address Remembrance Day.

Editor:

Remembrance Day is today, and many of us are attending the various ceremonies around town.

Could you please remind your readers that this is a ceremony: it is not a hockey game; it is not a theatrical event. Therefore it is not necessary to applaud after the playing of the national anthem nor the Last Post.

Jim Armstrong, Surrey

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Open letter to whomever organizes and hosts the Remembrance Day ceremony in White Rock.

Please remember last year’s errors in judgment and ensure that the ceremony is conducted as it should be: honouring those who fought and sacrificed in the wars of the past and the present.  This includes not calling for the two minutes of silence five minutes early because “oh, it’s OK to just do it now since we all seem to be here,” or some such reasoning.

I know there were other mistakes made last year, and I urge the editor to dig up all the letters submitted in the days following in response to the issues we had and send them to the organizers, so that they have a “lessons learned” document to use in planning this year’s event.

Anne Friendly, White Rock

Once a year, we gather

They leave family at home

These women and men

Travelling to all four corners of this blue planet

Weapons of steel and wood

Cloth to bandage wounds

Some to conquer, others to bring peace

Uniforms to rags they suffer

They do what they have been told

They suffer for doing it

And too many died doing it

We honour them with a tear

We cry for our loss

Flowers to say we still remember

We buy poppies to support the survivors

The survivors among us we salute

We listen to the past and what they have to say

They walk with us

Once a year, we gather to remember these fallen souls

Let us honour the living

We pray that the number of fallen and wounded soldiers get fewer and fewer

Mike Stuyt, Surrey

 

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