A few early birds had seats but the majority of attendees stood in solemn silence for the ceremony. (Diana Forster photo - submitted)

A few early birds had seats but the majority of attendees stood in solemn silence for the ceremony. (Diana Forster photo - submitted)

Remembrance Day services held in Deka Lake

Diana Forster column

Sun and a cold wind greeted some 60 residents attending the Remembrance Day ceremony provided by Mountain Spruce Community Centre Society (MSCC) and Deka Lake & District Volunteer Fire Department.

Opening remarks were read by Deka’s Retired Air Force Chief Warrant Officer Harv Allen, who summarized the many Canadian losses in previous wars and also detailed the history of MSCC’s venerable flag pole, which was generously donated and installed by previous Sulphurous residents, John and Janet Ius. It was given to John’s father in 1906 by the owners of Wallace Shipyards in North Vancouver, which operated through both world wars, and had been in his family ever since. The top of the pole came from a ship back in the 1800s.

Assistant Fire Chief Tom Nash read “In Flanders Fields,” and firefighter Pete Power raised the flag for the Last Post and two minutes of silence.

The Commitment to Remember was read by Georgie Westbrook, followed by firefighters laying a wreath.

The ceremony concluded with a choral rendering of Amazing Grace and O Canada before attendees withdrew to enjoy hot beverages.


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