Remembrance Day morning dawned cold and grey, yet residents from throughout Langley once again gathered in very large numbers at the Fort Langley cenotaph, intent on paying homage to those who have died in uniform.
The Fort Langley service was a highly moving one, with much of the credit being due to the efforts of the community's youth, the clergy of our local churches, our new committee members, the Fort Langley Lions Club and other community volunteers, as well as to our sponsors.
The combination of words and music offered up was a fitting tribute to the thou-sands of Canadians we remembered that day.
The morning was filled with special moments beyond the service itself: an unknown lady who kindly appeared with coffee for cold volunteers working on the set-up; the youthful sentries who stood so bravely in the cold; and the Sparks, Beavers, and other children who stood in rapt attention throughout the entire ceremony; as well as the respectful presentation by the Kwantlen First Nation.
Throughout the service, spent maple leafs slowly fluttered onto the cenotaph, a sad but fitting m metaphor for Canadians lost to war.
We would like to thank the Langley Advance for its coverage of this season of remembrance. We would also like to acknowledge the financial contributions and volunteer effort of community members and local organizations. The event would not have been possible without their generous assistance.
Sheila Puls and Warren Sommer, Fort Langley Remembrance Day Committee