This thank you letter is based from my perspective as chairman of the Remembrance Day Services held in Thunder Bay, Ontario, and participated in by members of Richard I. Bong American Legion Post 435 and Superior Mayor Jim Paine.
It is my privilege as the chairman for the Thunder Bay South Remembrance Day ceremonies held at the Fort William Gardens to thank all of the many people who volunteer their time and efforts to honor our veterans on Nov. 11. There are an enormous number of people in the background that make this whole event work — from the workers of the Thunder Bay Legion's Poppy Fund to the workers distributing wreaths.
Comrades Moe Nelson and Ken MacKay, veterans of World War II, were absolutely regal taking the salute during the parade march off.
Maureen Schmidt served as our Silver Cross representative.
There are three ceremonies held all over the city to remember the veterans and their fallen comrades. A sense of here and now was present as we all remembered the men and women who have or are still are fighting for world peace. I'm in tears thanking Comrade
Pauline Olinski and serving member Cpl. Johnathon Martin participated in the Torch Ceremony. This moving ceremony, only held at the Gardens, symbolizes the act of passing the torch from veterans to youth serving our country. The ceremony pays respect to our veterans and moves our serving forces with the encouragement they so deserve.
Young and old came out to pay their respects and to cheer on our veterans as they marched. We had a very special reading of Lt. Col John McCrae's famous poem read by Thunder Bay Police Service Youth Corps Cadet Jocelyn Kominski.
We had a record turnout at the gardens this year with close to 4,000 people in attendance.
A huge thank you goes out to the City of Thunder Bay for the use of the Fort William
Gardens and especially to the staff. (Thank you so much Rhonda and Danny)
Jenkens Funeral Home supplied the programs and the beautiful display in the lobby.
Our American brothers and sisters marched with their colors and laid wreaths. They come a long way to honor all veterans each year. Paine was a very pleasant surprise. We trust you enjoyed the camaraderie with our veterans, service members and Legion members during your dinner. My friend and comrade David Kringle organized the trip north.
Guest speaker Comrade Dave Wilke gave a moving, inspiring presentation. Dave's father, a World War II veteran, was also in attendance.
Archdeacon Deborah Kraft and Father James Panulikum assisted with our spiritual needs. Parade Commander Roy L'Esperance, Colour Party Commander Henry Lewis, Master of Ceremonies Wayne Milloy, who also serves as our bugler, my friend and Comrade Errol Schell for his wonderful lament
on the pipes, and it was, as always.
Remembrance Day is a day of reflection and honor for our veterans and service personnel, a reminder what is given for our freedom.
Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for all who participated.