Remembrance Day services in Aldergrove were held at the Royal Canadian Legion Saturday. (Kurt Langmann/Black Press)

LETTER: Aldergrove living come together to remembers its fallen

One Aldergrove resident share, in a poem, his reflections of the Remembrance Day ceremony.

Dear Editor,

The following prose poem started to form in my mind as I joined the many others at the Aldergrove event last Saturday.

Remembrance Day 2017 – Aldergrove BC

The dead and the living gathered on the cold, grey day

The dead, present only in the memories of the living

The living, with the dead hovering in their minds as images and emotions

Both usually kept well below the surface, allowed to be present for this solemn hour

Yellow-green fluorescent jackets marked the city-soldiers among us: policeman

Armaments of their current war slung openly over bulky shoulders or hidden in holsters

Carrying out their duty on this special day – keeping the living safe from those for whom honour has no meaning

Carrying their own recent losses in their private thoughts and feelings

The flyby – four small jets banking against a metallic, heavy sky

Reminding us of the power of weapons raining death on all sides of earth’s many violent upheavals – mankind against mankind

Dead and living together briefly on this solemn day – especially in the hearts and minds of those for whom the loss is still an open wound of war

We remembered. Passchendaele, Vimy Ridge, Diepe, D-Day, Korea, Afganistan…..the sounds of battle echoing in our minds amid the images and emotions aroused in us by the drone of the bagpipes and the tramp of marching feet

We stood and remembered the dead – once again among the living on this day.

J. A. Sclater, Aldergrove

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