“We are grateful” Cold Lake commemorates the centennial of the Armistice

The 4 Wing Cold Lake Defence Team and members of the Lakeland community participate at the Remembrance Day ceremony that was held at the Cold Lake Energy Centre in Alberta on November 11, 2018.  L’équipe de la Défense de la 4e Escadre Cold Lake et des membres de la communauté participe au Jour du Souvenir au « Cold Lake Energy Centre » en Alberta, le 11 novembre 2018. Photo by LS Lisa Sheppard, 4 Wing Imaging

The 4 Wing Cold Lake Defence Team and members of the Lakeland community participate at the Remembrance Day ceremony that was held at the Cold Lake Energy Centre in Alberta on November 11, 2018. L’équipe de la Défense de la 4e Escadre Cold Lake et des membres de la communauté participe au Jour du Souvenir au « Cold Lake Energy Centre » en Alberta, le 11 novembre 2018.
Photo by LS Lisa Sheppard, 4 Wing Imaging

CHRISTOPHER KING

Cold Lake’s Energy Centre was filled with silence on Sunday for the centennial anniversary of the armistice of World War 1. On Nov. 11, 2018, veterans, current serving members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), members from organizations such as Scouts Canada, Cadets Canada, and local emergency services, gathered to witness the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 211’s ceremony held in conjunction with 4 Wing and the City of Cold Lake.

The ceremony opened with three flights of troops marching-on, led by a brass and percussion band, as well as a pipe band, followed by the flag party.

While much of the ceremony was dedicated to World War 1, Lakeland Lutheran Church’s pastor Anne Zimmerman gave thanks to the current serving members and their families.

“We are also here today giving support to our military personnel and civilians working with the military,” pastor Zimmerman said. “Thank you. Thank you for what you do, to be
ready when called to serve around the globe. Thank you to the Cold Lake military families. You give so much, and we are grateful.”

4 Wing Commander, Colonel Paul Doyle also thanked current serving members, while remembering Canada’s past and present contributions to world peace.

“This year marks the hundredth anniversary of the armistice of World War 1, The Great War. Let’s remember and celebrate Canada’s contribution to the restoration of freedom and peace, a century ago,” Col. Doyle said. “I would also like to acknowledge the currently deployed members of the Canadian Armed Forces who, serving abroad in missions with NATO and peace missions, are currently serving in Europe, Africa, and Asia.”

Throughout the ceremony, members from the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 211 Cold Lake and Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron 664 Cold Lake read poetry, as well as the Act of Remembrance.
4 Wing padre Jacques Tremblay thanked those who have given their lives in the service of justice and peace.

“We remember the families, friends, comrades and caregivers of those who in times of war and peace, have paid the ultimate sacrifice to restore peace.”