Rev. Linda Varin has had various conversations in the days leading up to Remembrance Day and heard many debates about the purpose of Nov. 11’s activities.
The minister at St. Dunstan’s Anglican Church in Aldergrove said Nov. 11 is not about glorifying war but about honouring the people who fought for this country.
“They gave everything they had for us,” said Varin at Aldergrove’s Remembrance service. “They made the ultimate sacrifice, their lives so that we might live in this incredible country, free to complain, free to rejoice, free to enjoy the love of family and friends, whatever race, religion or political affiliation.
“And it’s because of the courage of the fallent hat we stand here today and remember them.
“We remember the men and women… who died in bloody fields far from home and those who were injured and returned home in shock and in great pain.”
Varin was addressing a massive crowd at the annual service outside the Aldergrove branch of the Royal Canadian Legion.
Every segment of the community was represented – veterans, police, military, cadets, youth groups, government, business and the general public to offer solemn salute.