Nearly a century after the First World War ended, work is under way to recognize 11 local soldiers who died in the conflict but who aren’t recognized on the local cenotaph.
Ten of the soldiers will be honoured for the first time on April 9 at 6:45 p.m., when the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 15, Abbotsford, will hold its sixth annual ceremony to commemorate Vimy Ridge Day.
Research is continuing on overlooked local soldiers, and there are plans for a new plaque to be added to the cenotaph and more recognition at future ceremonies.
At this year’s ceremony students from local schools, namely South Poplar, Mt. Lehman and Abbotsford School of Integrated Arts (Sumas Mountain), will be placing candles for the “overlooked soldiers.” In addition, the choir from ASIA will be singing The Maple Leaf Forever and two hymns. Also a poem will be read by a student from Mt. Lehman.
Organizers noted that the involvement of students from local schools shows how many people are now dedicated to wanting to pass on the legacy of remembrance to young people, so they incorporate remembrance into their daily lives.
As with last year, First Nations and Sikh veterans of the First World War will be honoured with First Nations and Sikh representation.
This year The Reach will also be open for hot chocolate after the ceremony, thanks to Kris Foulds and to the Legion Ladies Auxiliary volunteers. Attendees are asked to dress warmly and arrive by 6:30 pm. For more information, visit www.abbylegion.ca