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Linda and I attended the Remembrance Day Service at the Cenotaph in Dresden on Sunday. It was a chilly, windy day (been there in much worse weather) but my heart was warmed at the sight of so many people (my guess, 300 +) present for the service. As we stood there remembering the veterans who paid the ultimate price – sacrificing their lives – and those vets who returned but whose lives were forever changed by the atrocities of war, I couldn’t stop my mind from wandering back some odd 35 years ago. The services I thought about were in addition to the ones at the cenotaph. They were held at the High School auditorium. It was a time when the churches of the community came together in an act of solidarity to honour the veterans of our community. Perhaps you have heard the phrase that the young men and women joined the armed forces “to serve God and country.” There is no more honourable service than that! That is the reason that it was so important for the Christian community to come together as the Body of Christ to honour the vets in a community wide service. It is a shame that we cannot sacrifice one Sunday in November to close our churches to gather together in one place to worship God and to honour the veterans of our community who sacrificed so much. Because of their sacrifice, we have the freedoms that we have today.

Respectively submitted by

Tom DeBurger

Nov. 16, 2018