Remembering the fallen at Decoration Day

Nathan Liewicki
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Whether they served in the army, navy, or air force, fallen members of the Canadian Armed Forces will be honoured Sunday.

A service was held at Rosedale Cemetery in June 2013 to mark D-Day.

“On Decoration Day we honour military personnel and make sure their sites are clean, tidy, repaired and their stones are in good condition, and we put a Canadian flag on the top of every member who served with the Canadian Armed Forces,” said Cpt. Susan Magill of 15 Wing.

The annual Decoration of Graves ceremony will take at Rosedale Cemetery from 9 to 11:30 a.m., with the parade scheduled to start at 1:15 p.m. on the corner of Langdon Crescent and Cordova Street, before proceeding to Crescent Park for the memorial service.

Regardless of whether they served for a couple of years, or all of their adult lives – both as part of missions and at home – Magill told the Times-Herald hundreds of fallen military personnel will be honoured for their service to Canada.

And it’s not the only such event that is scheduled to take place in other Canadian cities and overseas communities.

“The same thing will be done around the same time in France and Belgium for Canadians that have fallen,” said Magill. “Because this date is fairly close to D-Day, it makes sense for other countries to do the same thing around the same time.”

Although Remembrance Day is the most important day to remember those who fought for our freedom, Decoration Day is a less formal, but still emotional day to pay respect to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Nathan Liewicki can be reached at 306-691-1256 or follow him on Twitter @liewicks

Organizations: Canadian Armed Forces, Times-Herald

Geographic location: Cordova Street, Crescent Park, Canada France Belgium

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