Lest We Forget: Agassiz, Harrison honour local veterans

MWO R.M. Clare in his Black Watch uniform. (Ron Clare)MWO R.M. Clare in his Black Watch uniform. (Ron Clare)
FL A.O. Lloyd (Rev.) performs a graveside ceremony somewhere in England during World War II. FL Lloyd would travel where airmen were landing to minister to them when they lost planes or crew members. (Nancy Wrenshall)FL A.O. Lloyd (Rev.) performs a graveside ceremony somewhere in England during World War II. FL Lloyd would travel where airmen were landing to minister to them when they lost planes or crew members. (Nancy Wrenshall)
David Chapman (left) served in the Navy while his brother, Arthur (right) was in the Air Force. Their father, David Chapman, stands between them in this undated shot in West Vancouver. (Andrea Chapman)David Chapman (left) served in the Navy while his brother, Arthur (right) was in the Air Force. Their father, David Chapman, stands between them in this undated shot in West Vancouver. (Andrea Chapman)
RCAF’s George William Clark was stationed overseas in London, where he met his wife. Clark enlisted on Aug. 23, 1940. (Caro Clark)RCAF’s George William Clark was stationed overseas in London, where he met his wife. Clark enlisted on Aug. 23, 1940. (Caro Clark)
Mollie Sand sells poppies in this 2019 photo. Sand is a fixture of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Royal Canadian Legion, honoured for 60 years of service earlier this year. (Marlene Sand)Mollie Sand sells poppies in this 2019 photo. Sand is a fixture of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Royal Canadian Legion, honoured for 60 years of service earlier this year. (Marlene Sand)
Les Bennet served in the British Royal Navy in World War II. He received the Burma Star for service in the Burma campaign. (Ann Hartley)Les Bennet served in the British Royal Navy in World War II. He received the Burma Star for service in the Burma campaign. (Ann Hartley)
Wayne Hunken served in the Middle East as a U.N. peace keeping soldier. This picture is from 1974. (Wayne Hunken)Wayne Hunken served in the Middle East as a U.N. peace keeping soldier. This picture is from 1974. (Wayne Hunken)
Harrison Councillor Michie Vidal captured this photo at the MIssion Cemetery, marking the gave of a relative who perished at Vimy Ridge. Coun. Vidal said her family has a long history of military service and were pioneers to the Fraser Valley (Michie Vidal)Harrison Councillor Michie Vidal captured this photo at the MIssion Cemetery, marking the gave of a relative who perished at Vimy Ridge. Coun. Vidal said her family has a long history of military service and were pioneers to the Fraser Valley (Michie Vidal)
Lt. (N) Jeff Otto joined the Naval Reserve in 1981 in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Otto recently retired as a reserveist, training and serving full-time as a civilian and earning both the Queen Elizabeth II Gold Jubilee and Diamon Jubuilee Medals in 2002 and 2012 respectively. (Paula Otto)
Harrison Councillor Michie Vidal captured this photo at the Mission Cemetery, marking the gave of a relative who perished at Vimy Ridge. Coun. Vidal said her family has a long history of military service and were pioneers to the Fraser Valley (Michie Vidal)Lt. (N) Jeff Otto joined the Naval Reserve in 1981 in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Otto recently retired as a reserveist, training and serving full-time as a civilian and earning both the Queen Elizabeth II Gold Jubilee and Diamon Jubuilee Medals in 2002 and 2012 respectively. (Paula Otto) Harrison Councillor Michie Vidal captured this photo at the Mission Cemetery, marking the gave of a relative who perished at Vimy Ridge. Coun. Vidal said her family has a long history of military service and were pioneers to the Fraser Valley (Michie Vidal)
Capt. C.R. Moore, Merchant Maries. He served during World War II and became a prisoner of war. He passed away in 1955, always remembered. (J. Moore)Capt. C.R. Moore, Merchant Maries. He served during World War II and became a prisoner of war. He passed away in 1955, always remembered. (J. Moore)
Lt. Christopher Lepine served in the Ryoal Navy from 1940 to 1946. Lt. Lepine wrote an article for The Advance in 1983 recounting stories of the war and drew cartoons while at sea. He passed away in 1993. (Callie Rowena)Lt. Christopher Lepine served in the Ryoal Navy from 1940 to 1946. Lt. Lepine wrote an article for The Advance in 1983 recounting stories of the war and drew cartoons while at sea. He passed away in 1993. (Callie Rowena)

Observer readers supplied photos of the men and women in their lives who dedicated time to serve and sacrifice for Canada through military service. On Remembrance Day, Nov. 11, Canada takes time to remember the the men and woman who have serve and continue to serve the nation in times of war and in times of peace.

The Agassiz Legion announced there would be no Remembrance Day parade or service at the high school this year. Legion members will be placing wreaths at the Cenotaph with a colour guard and piper.

Representatives of the local Legion said the public will not encouraged to attend due to COVID-19 restrictions. However, if members of the public wish to attend, they must wear a mask, watch from a distance and observe social distancing protocols. Again, due to COVID restrictions, Legion members and veterans only will be permitted to come to the Legion hall following the ceremonies.

RELATED: Remembrance Day planners scrambling as COVID-19 upends traditional ceremonies

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Poppies are available for purchase by donation throughout the Agassiz-Harrison area.


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