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St. Paul’s Church’s Remembrance Day Service Recognizes All Soldiers’ Sacrifice

MEMORIAL SERVICE

By Paul Dickson

For the sixth consecutive year, a memorial liturgy will be held Monday, November 11, at St Paul’s Church in memory of those who served and continue to serve as soldiers for their country, those who paid the ultimate price, and also for the families and friends who suffered and continue to suffer as a consequence of these losses.

This memorial service will also honor family members living here with loved ones currently serving.

November 11 is Remembrance Day. This year marks the one hundred first anniversary of the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I, which took effect at eleven o’clock in the morning—hence, the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918.

World War I, then called The Great War, was believed to have been “the war to end all wars.” The war lasted four years. Twenty countries supplied some fifty-five million soldiers, of whom almost nine million were killed and millions more suffered wounds, some altering their lives forever. But statistics will never record the true effect of suffering and loss of life by civilians. Churchill called the war “the hardest, cruelest, and least rewarded of all wars that men have fought because of the horrors, the death, the destruction, and the outrage at so much squandered life.

The service will commence at 10:30am. Four ex-service veterans will perform readings: Gary Peterson, Mike Amici, Roger Bailey, and Anne McCotter. Rev Karen O’Malia will perform a solo, and Christine Eyre will give a Celtic blessing. Additionally, David Miller and Steve Huey will assist in the parading of the nations’ flags.

All are welcome to come to the service. We look forward to seeing you.

 

Religious Service

“Remembrance Day Memorial Service”

Mon, Nov 11, 10:30am

St Paul’s Church

Cardo 6

 

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