In a moving remembrance, the Colour Party made up of the General Governor's Footguard Cadet Corp and the 211 Ottawa Kiwanis Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron lead the march in. And as tradition, an invocation by Father Bill More, the recitation of "They Shall Not Grow Old", the Bugler's "Last Post", a moment of silence for the War Dead, the "Reveille", singing together of "Oh God Our Help in Ages Past", laying of the wreath by Reg Gilstorf, a poem by Lorne Smith read by his friend Matt McGrath, stories shared by our veterans, music by our Music Committee - a tribute, silent thoughts, memories.
Using a multi-media presention, General Manson spoke passionately about "Passing the Torch", the fundraising campaign in support of a new Canadian War Museum, its guiding principles and vision - Remembrance, Preservation, Education. Remem-brance of the sacrifices made on the battlefield and on the home front during times of war, and in the course of peacekeeping and security operations since World War 11.
Preservation of the physical artifacts of Canada's military heritage - from medals and uniforms to documents and works of art. Education of current and future generations of young people, making them aware of the human side of war and the costs of preserving the peace and defending our freedom.
He urged us, as a club, to join in this exciting new project, to make a contribution in helping restore Canada's long-neglected military history and to help ensure that future generations of Canadians, know and understand, the important part that this history has played in the development of our nation.
Thought for the Week Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. - Martin Luther King Jr.