Century of history – Countdown to the hundred-year anniversary of the armistice

From left: Acting Wing Commander LCol J. Pilon, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 211 Chairman Rick Russell, 4 Wing CWO R. Nault, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 211 Executive Member Mary MacKay, and City of Cold Lake Councillor Duane Lay donned their Legion poppies on Thursday Oct. 25, 2018.

From left: Acting Wing Commander LCol J. Pilon, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 211 Chairman Rick Russell, 4 Wing CWO R. Nault, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 211 Executive Member Mary MacKay, and City of Cold Lake Councillor Duane Lay donned their Legion poppies on Thursday Oct. 25, 2018.

CHRISTOPHER KING,

One hundred years after the armistice was signed between the Allied and Central powers, Remembrance Day continues the tradition of honouring the sacrifices and educating the new generations about the cost of war.

Leading up to Nov. 11, 2018, the Cold Lake Royal Canadian Legion Branch 211 pinned poppies onto the 4 Wing leadership team as well as a Cold Lake city councillor Duane Lay.

Lieutenant-Colonel (Lt.-Col.) Jonathan Pilon, acting Wing Commander, said Remembrance Day is a big part of Canadian history.

“We have to remember and look back,” Lt.-Col. Pilon said. “We’ve had friends or colleagues that we’ve lost, but we have to remember those who came before us and that’s a big part of our history.”

4 Wing Chief, Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) Remi Nault, said he appreciates the efforts between the City of Cold Lake, and the Legion branch, who conduct a ceremony at the Energy Centre on Nov. 11.

“It really strikes me the way the Legion does it here with 4 Wing at the Energy Centre,” CWO Nault said. “I really appreciate that the youngest, the eldest and all ages attend this ceremony. The Centre allows families to join in and remember.”

But leading up to Remembrance Day is Veterans’ Week, a program where Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members can be requested to speak about their service today at schools, clubs, and associations.

Every year hundreds of CAF members across Canada take a day to attend schools to give speeches and attend classrooms for more in-depth conversations with students about what it means to serve in the military.

“That [Veterans’ Week] is a big part of the education and history piece and keeping that relationship with the public as well,” Lt.-Col. Pilon said. “The members that do it, and I’ve had the chance to talk to, have absolutely enjoyed the experience to be able to share their experience in the military, and what it means to them.”

To apply to be a speaker, use the intranet via intranet.mil.ca and click on News, Special Events, and scroll down to click on Veterans’ Week and Speaker Registration: http://admpaapp.mil.ca/en/vet/speaker-form.asp Chain of Command approval is required by all speaker volunteers. See CANFORGEN 165/18 for details.