LETTER: Thank you from the Creston Legion Branch #29

LETTER: Thank you from the Creston Legion Branch #29

Poppy campaign and Remembrance Week activities require 40-50 volunteers.

The Creston Valley has stepped up to the plate once again. Creston Valley citizens, businesses, and organizations, along with the membership of Branch 29 have joined forces to present a fitting tribute to our armed forces veterans as well as a well-deserved memorial to those from our valley who fought and died in the Great War 100 years ago.

The time and efforts put in by members of Branch 29 made the task so much easier. Thanks to all my Legion comrades. It requires some 40-50 volunteers to organize, plan and carry out the Poppy campaign and Remembrance Week activities. We wish to express our thanks and appreciation to all those who provided time, assistance and monetary support.

Some of our volunteers include pipers Brian O’Neil, Bill Plant, Bugeler Poul Christenson, Rev. Leon Rogers, Cadets, and Legion Colour Party. Don Leben acted as our MC as well as organizing the “No Stone Left Alone” program at Yaqan Nukiy Marj Macleod and Georgia Neilson were judges in our Poster/Literary. The Creston Flying Club once again performed a flypast. Thank you to the Mormon Hills School Choir for their participation. Piper Brian O’Neil tuned his bagpipes at 6:00 am at the Cenotaph in conjunction with pipers all around the Western world. With the time zone changes 6:00 in Creston was the exact time the Armistice was signed in France 100 years ago.

The Upper Hall was once again standing room only, the service being conducted by Rev. Bill Plant, accompanied by Joanna Wilson. Thank You to Rob Kitching and Keith Kepke, who spoke to student assemblies at PCSS and Erickson. Thanks to Odin Bartch for an excellent job coordinating the PCSS program.

We are so fortunate to have our Cadet Corps assisting us during this program. They went out and sold poppies, were part of the Colour Guard, participated in the Parade, and were always eager to assist in anything we needed. A great bunch of young adults that we can be very proud of.

One of our Remembrance traditions, our stew luncheon was filled to capacity and enjoyed by all who took part. Many thanks to Demetre and Stu and their helpers’ tor ensuring this long time tradition continues. The beautiful cake, donated by Jack Schwartz was definitely appreciated and Columbia Brewery for their continued support.

I’m sure I have missed some people who helped make the day a success but rest assured, it is an inadvertent oversight and know that your contribution was greatly appreciated.

This Remembrance Day is the only one that most of us will see so hopefully we were able to honour those who made the supreme sacrifice in 1914-18. They certainly deserve to be remembered.

Lord God of Hosts

Be with us Yet

Lest We Forget

Lest We Forget

lan Currie | Chairman Creston Branch 29