I was honoured and priveleged to participate in a Remembrance Day ceremony Nov. 11 at Veteran's Park next to Côte Saint-Luc City Hall. The ceremony was coordinated by the Brigadier Kisch Branch #97 of the Canadian Legion. We are very fortunate to have a large number of veterans still residing in our community. They served our country with honour.
Legion President Carl Garber laid a wreath with Councillor Allan J. Levine, our de facto Minister of Veteran's Affairs. Allan has taken on the Legion and Seniors portfolios on council. His late dad was a veteran so he is passionate about the subject. I laid a wreath (right) with Jordy Reichson, the city's director of public safety. We all look forward to our much larger VE Day ceremony next May.
At this event we had two present day members of the Canadian military. A soldier who has just returned from Afghanistan and a gentleman who went to school in Côte Saint-Luc and is now part of the Canadian Navy. Jonathan Lang (no relation to ex-Mayor Bernard and pictured below with me) attended the former Wagar High School. One of his teachers was none other than Allan J. Levine.
There was a time when we all felt that the day would come when there would not be any veterans left. Regrettably, the Canadian military must remain active abroad in peacekeeping and combat missions. In Afghanistan there have been many casualties. One day these men and women will be veterans of our present-day wars and we will honour them.