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Nw: ‘Repeatedly be unsleeping the sacrifices:’ Hundreds bring together in Victoria Park for Remembrance Day

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Tuques and parkas were nearly as plenty of as poppies as participants gathered to be unsleeping and reveal no matter the falling snow.

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Lynn Giesbrecht

People pin poppies on the cenotaph following a Remembrance Day ceremony in Victoria Park in Regina on Nov. 11, 2021.
Folk pin poppies on the cenotaph following a Remembrance Day ceremony in Victoria Park in Regina on Nov. 11, 2021. Photo by BRANDON HARDER /Regina Chief-Put up

Every yr on November 11, James Balfour tucks a gold pocket see into his pocket before he heads out to his native Remembrance Day ceremony.

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That pocket see has now been see to 102 years of commemorative services — far extra than Balfour himself as skilled — having been first carried by Balfour’s father and grandfather before him.

“This became given to him by town of Balcarres on his return on the finish of the First World War,” Balfour talked about of his grandfather, who served in Canada’s infantry and then later as an engineer in the navy all the intention throughout the 2nd World War.

“Every Remembrance Day he assign this in his pocket and he carried it with him.”

When his grandfather passed away in 1984, Balfour and his father stumbled on the see in his grandfather’s sock drawer — “in a form of substantial gray woollen socks, alongside with all his medals” — and his father started carrying the see with him every Remembrance Day. After his father passed away in 2005, Balfour carried on the tradition.

Rev. James Balfour, chaplain for Royal Canadian Legion branch 001 and retired Lieutenant-commander from the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve, is seen following a Remembrance Day ceremony in Victoria Park in Regina on Nov. 11, 2021.
Rev. James Balfour, chaplain for Royal Canadian Legion branch 001 and retired Lieutenant-commander from the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve, is viewed following a Remembrance Day ceremony in Victoria Park in Regina on Nov. 11, 2021. Photo by BRANDON HARDER /Regina Chief-Put up
A pocket watch, belonging to Rev. James Balfour, chaplain for Royal Canadian Legion branch 001 and retired Lieutenant-commander from the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve, is seen following a Remembrance Day ceremony in Victoria Park in Regina on Nov. 11, 2021. The watch originally belonged to Balfour’s grandfather, who fought in the First World War.
A pocket see, belonging to Rev. James Balfour, chaplain for Royal Canadian Legion branch 001 and retired Lieutenant-commander from the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve, is viewed following a Remembrance Day ceremony in Victoria Park in Regina on Nov. 11, 2021. The see at the start belonged to Balfour’s grandfather, who fought in the First World War. Photo by BRANDON HARDER /Regina Chief-Put up

On Thursday, that tradition led him to a snow-coated Victoria Park, the attach he helped lead the annual Remembrance Day carrier positioned on there by the native Royal Canadian Legion branch.

Hundreds of participants poured into the park for the ceremony, with tuques and parkas nearly as plenty of as poppies to chase away the snow falling throughout the morning.

Balfour, who is a reverend, chaplain for the Royal Canadian Legion branch 001, and retired Lieutenant-commander of the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve, led the crowd in two prayers and two minutes of silence at 11 a.m.

Margie and Ben Walsh were among a collection of participants and officers who helped lay nine wreaths on the heinous of the cenotaph. After placing the wreath on behalf of the households of people who did not bring together it house, Margie blew a kiss in direction of the cenotaph before turning away, indubitably remembering her son Master Cpl. Jeffrey Walsh who died in Afghanistan.

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Gordon Basaraba, who served for 35 years as a naval reservist at HMCS Queen in Regina, became contented to explore the big crowd of participants flip out to be unsleeping and honour the sacrifice made by so many troopers, alongside side some of his beget pals.

“I’ve lost a collection of my pals. I became a sentry right here and I took care of this carrier for over 20 years with plenty of Legion guys who absorb passed on now and are long gone, and right here’s my likelihood to plot reduction right here and be unsleeping them,” Basaraba talked about.

“I am hoping that we constantly be unsleeping the sacrifices participants absorb made for us.”

Gordon Basaraba is seen following a Remembrance Day ceremony in Victoria Park in Regina on Nov. 11, 2021. Basaraba was a navy reservist with HMCS Queen for 35 years.
Gordon Basaraba is viewed following a Remembrance Day ceremony in Victoria Park in Regina on Nov. 11, 2021. Basaraba became a navy reservist with HMCS Queen for 35 years. Photo by BRANDON HARDER /Regina Chief-Put up
A crowd attends a Remembrance Day ceremony in Victoria Park in Regina on Nov. 11, 2021.
A crowd attends a Remembrance Day ceremony in Victoria Park in Regina on Nov. 11, 2021. Photo by BRANDON HARDER /Regina Chief-Put up

Closing yr the Remembrance Day carrier in Victoria Park became a mighty smaller affair. So that you just must limit the scale of the gathering and prevent the unfold of COVID-19, the Legion had requested the public not to help.

This yr, nonetheless, each Basaraba and Balfour were grateful the team would per chance once extra be together as they remembered and mirrored.

Balfour stumbled on it in particular becoming that several people of the Canadian Armed Forces, who are currently supporting workers on the Regina Identical outdated Sanatorium with the high collection of COVID-19 patients, would per chance help. He hopes they felt honoured and impressed.

“We had all of these nurses that were introduced in from varied areas across the country … that are serving to out our health care system, and that correct goes to the the same stage of carrier that has came about throughout our history,” Balfour talked about.

“Folk in uniform absorb constantly assign Canada before self and in order that they enact that every day, and it became good to explore them bring together known.”

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A separate ceremony became also held by the Royal Regina Rifles on the Saskatchewan War Memorial shut to the Legislative Constructing on the the same time.

Maj. Linda Jackson, a senior nursing officer with the Canadian Armed Forces on assignment to assist Regina medical staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, pins a poppy on the cenotaph following a Remembrance Day ceremony in Victoria Park in Regina on Nov. 11, 2021.
Maj. Linda Jackson, a senior nursing officer with the Canadian Armed Forces on project to lend a hand Regina medical workers all the intention throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, pins a poppy on the cenotaph following a Remembrance Day ceremony in Victoria Park in Regina on Nov. 11, 2021. Photo by BRANDON HARDER /Regina Chief-Put up
An adult walks hand-in-hand with a child past the cenotaph following a Remembrance Day ceremony in Victoria Park in Regina on Nov. 11, 2021.
An adult walks hand-in-hand with quite one previous the cenotaph following a Remembrance Day ceremony in Victoria Park in Regina on Nov. 11, 2021. Photo by BRANDON HARDER /Regina Chief-Put up

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