Time to remember those who served

A Service of Remembrance will be held at Sorrento Memorial Hall on Passchendaele Road on Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 10:30 a.m.

A Service of Remembrance will be held at Sorrento Memorial Hall on Passchendaele Road on Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 10:30 a.m.

Those persons wishing to lay a wreath on behalf of an organization or as an individual, should contact Alan Cook at 250-675-4174 and leave a message in order to have their names included.

Following the ceremony, the wreaths that are presented during the service will be paraded across the Trans-Canada Highway to the Cenotaph located in front of St. Mary’s Anglican/United Church.

Refreshments will be served after the ceremony and the laying of the wreaths at the Drop-In Centre at the lower level of the Memorial Hall.

If you can help to provide refreshments, contact Jenny Weib at 250-679-8282 or Margo Friesen at 250-675-0065.

Those contributing squares, cookies etc. should take them to the Drop-In Centre on Nov. 10.

Notch Hill veterans will be remembered on Nov. 11 at the Notch Hill Cemetery located on Hilltop Road.

It  has a very unique and interesting history.

The land was donated by pioneer homesteader John McIntyre in the 1890s and the earliest recorded burial was in 1899.

The cemetery is still being used for burials and cremations and has undergone considerable restoration in the last six years.

There are four First World War veterans and 11 Second World War  veterans who are resting in Notch Hill Cemetery.

These individuals served their country, survived, came back to Canada and lived out their lives in various provinces.

Their occupations ranged from railroad engineers, postmasters, truck drivers, farmers, store merchants and businessmen.

They passed away after contributing to their communities and are buried in Notch Hill Cemetery.

One serviceman  served in both the First and Second  World Wars. Each veteran’s grave has a wreath of poppies, their name and area of service: Army, Navy, Air Force or Merchant Marine.

John McCrae’s poem, In Flanders Fields, is posted at the main entrance to the cemetery as a tribute to veterans who served their country in wartime.

There is also a list of all 15 veterans buried in Notch Hill Cemetery: First World War  – John Henry Codd, Carl Fredrickson, Cyril John Kite, Jesse Victor Pullin. Second World War – Floyd Hector Adams, Everett Emerson Hendrickson, Gerald (Gerry) Martin Hendrickson, Harvey John Leonard Hendrickson, David Munro Morris, Alfred Nelson, William Spencer Peacock, Jesse Victor Pullin, Gordon Stanford Scafe, James Percy Vaness and Donald Edward Worgan.

Anyone wishing to put flowers or wreaths on veterans’ graves is welcome to do so.

 

 

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