For the first time in three years, the Royal Canadian Legion Moose Jaw Branch 59 was able to hold its Annual Remembrance Day Service at the Moose Jaw Events Centre without any gathering size restrictions. This year marked the 104th year for the event.
This year's service also commemorated the 80th anniversary of the Dieppe raid, which claimed the lives of more than 900 Canadian soldiers.
The service was conducted by Branch Chaplin Reverend Doug Shepherd.
The Last Post and Reveille were performed by CWO (ret'd) Rick Elmer CD. Piper Michelle Gallagher led the Moment of Silence. Also in attendance were the Moose Jaw Band City Band & Friends (Directed by Blaine Chadwick), Honour Guard courtesy of the Saskatchewan Dragoons (Commanding Officer Major Paul Park, Sergeant Major Rob Tryhorn), 15 Wing Moose Jaw (Commanding Officer Colonel Jonathan Bouchard, Wing Chief Warrant Officer Neil Thorne), Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Moose Jaw Police Service, Moose Jaw Army, Sea, and Air Cadets, 15 Wing & Veteran Volunteers, Moose Jaw Vanier Collegiate Choir, Royal Canadian Legion Branch #59 Volunteers and Colour Party. The Legion also gave a special thanks to W.J. Jones & Son Funeral Home.
Several wreaths were laid at the centre memorial including official wreaths and those purchased on behalf of organizations and individuals. Funds raised will support the Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Fund.
An open house was held following the service at Branch 59.
Unfortunately, this year the Veterans' Parade was cancelled due to the weather.