BARRY’S BAY– While the ceremony may have looked different this year, services held for Remembrance Day at Valley Manor were a tender and touching tribute to our veterans, past and present.
As Activities Director Lisa Yantha pointed out, what is most significant is that we all still do what is important, and that is to remember.
Following COVID-19 protocols for spacing and numbers, smaller groups gathered in the Assembly Room, on November 11 for a morning and afternoon service, to honour the reverent occasion.
After the singing of O Canada, and reciting The Lord’s Prayer, Yantha welcomed and acknowledged the residents, many of whom had family members involved in war. Yantha pointed out that the year 2020 marks 102 years since the end of World War I, and 75 years since the end of World War II.
Yantha asked the audience to reflect on Thomas Rhett’s lyrics in the song Be a Light: “In a time full of war, be peace. In a world full of hate, be a light.”
The program included Poems, a Regiment History in Brief, music, videos, and live coverage of the ceremony at the National War Memorial in Ottawa. A moment of silence to honour thank and remember Canada’s fallen veterans was recognized on the television broadcast. At the same time, an announcement was made throughout Valley Manor. HR/Office Coordinator Marilyn Glofcheskie later said it was so silent you could hear a pin drop.
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