With Remembrance Day coming this Saturday, many Kimberley residents will attend the ceremony to honour those who served. To those who had a relative serve, it is even more personal.
Some people have keepsakes from a loved one’s time in service, including medals. However, no matter how good your intentions may be, you may not wear those medals.
According to www.veterans.gc.ca medals may be worn only by the veteran.
“This is considered of such high importance that it is a criminal offence to wear military medals that someone else has earned,” the website states.
Kimberley’s Remembrance Service begins with the veterans march in to the new Veterans Memorial Park at just after 10:30 a.m.
This year’s ceremony, in addition to the traditional parade and laying of wreaths, will have a couple of very special elements.
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One will be the roll call of those Kimberley men and women in service who died on duty. Their names were inscribed on the old Cenotaph and they will be remembered at roll call. As many family members as possible have been contacted to be a part of the ceremony.
Also honoured will be Charlie Park, Captain, Rtd, Queens Own Rifles, President of the Kimberley Legion for several years. Charlie raised and lowered the flag on the old Kimberley Cenotaph on November 11, 2012 two weeks before he died at the age of 81. In honour of Charlie’s service to Country and Veterans the last Flag that flew on the old cenotaph will be presented to his widow Mary Park.
The community is also reminded that because the Elks Hall has just recently open after significant repairs, the Elks Club will not be hosting the community lunch this year, though the lounge will be open.