Community Remembrance Day Service

Regretfully, there will be no Remembrance Service at the cairn in Montgomery Park on November 11, 2020 due to COVID-19. Pandemic rules restrict the size of crowds, even those gathered outdoors. There is no way that volunteers can ensure that restrictions are met. Flags and wreaths will be placed at the cairn on November 11, so Montgomery Place residents can pay their respects individually or in family groups.

Jim Earle and Leslee Newman prepared a modified service that was videotaped thanks to Rev. Bill Unger, and produced by Katie Rosen.

Online Remembrance Day Service 2020

 Don Leier, Korea, 1952. Leier Family photo

On November 11, 1996, Don Leier – a veteran of the Korean War – walked from Trinity Church to the monument in nearby Montgomery Park to pay his respects that day. He encouraged a few friends from church to join him. From that first modest act has grown the service that we hold today. In 2009, Jim Earle and Leslee Newman took over organizing the service when Don wanted to retire.

The service is a genuine community accomplishment with thanks owing to many. In the past, Don Leier and members of his family lay a wreath on behalf of Korean vets. Members of Parliament and community members lay wreaths on behalf of Canadian and Saskatchewan vets, in memory of veterans of Montgomery Place, Protective Services, Project Ploughshares and members of the Scouts who lay a wreath on behalf of children affected by war. Since she was a high school student, Lesley Tyler has almost always provided the poignant trumpet music that accompanies each service.  For the past serveral years, members of 38 Signal Regiment 4 Squadron have participated with an Honour Guard.

2017 cookie crew l-r: Barb McAllister, Wendy Rosen, Kathy Sproxton, Barb McCullough, Jackie Casey, Adrianna Antymniuk, Corrin Griffin. MPCA photo

The generous United Church folks open their doors for the gathering annually, with minister Rev. Bill Unger participating each year. Coffee-makers and cookie-bakers are a neighbourhood crew rallied by Barb McAllister. Montgomery School students have made decorations that adorn the church hall. Upstairs in the sanctuary a PowerPoint of veterans’ photos shows continuously throughout the morning. Gwen Will, daughter of veterans Chuck and Mary Will, has led the search for pictures, contacting second and third generation family, friends and neighbours for photos. Thank you to everyone who shared photos.

Honour our community roots. Join your friends and neighbours at 10:50 am on November 11, to remember and respect lives lived and lost during world conflicts. Assemble at the veterans’ monument in Montgomery Park at the corner of Caen Street and Rockingham Avenue. Truly a community affair, dress warmly and let the cold, crisp air add poignancy to the heartfelt words of remembrance and respect.

Thank you to Bob Ferguson (SeniorsMomentPhotography.com), Leslee & Meredith Newman, Wendy Rosen, Lynn Earle, & Melanie Lynchuk, for their contribution of photos.