Letter: Ultimate sacrifice appreciated by Ride for the Fallen

Dear Editor,

My wife and I had the honour and privilege to participate in the 3rd CAV Ride to Remember those fallen in Afghanistan.

We started the ride at the Trev Deeley Harley Davidson dealership in Vancouver and headed out on a motorcycle convoy to the Derek Doubleday Arboretum in Langley.

In the procession of motorcycle riders were regular military forces members, retired veterans, firefighters, police, family members, and civilians.

Along the route were fire trucks (some with ladders risen), police and emergency vehicles with their lights flashing, and others with signs and Canadian flags.

They were all at the overpasses showing respect for the Ride for the Fallen, and of course, a formal tribute.

When we got to the Derek Doubleday Arboretum, the motorcycles lined the walkway. There was a ceremony where silver cross families laid wreaths in memory of those who lost their lives in

Afghanistan. Michael Pratt spoke on behalf of the Youth for the Fallen (he and his sister Elizabeth had organized trees to be planted for the fallen and a monument constructed in the shape of a tree with all the names labeled on it).

It was a very emotional and heartwarming ceremony where all of us could enjoy the day and show our gratefulness for those who defend Canada’s freedoms that we enjoy today.

To quote the CAV, “Our soldiers are our greatest advocates of peace, because they pay the ultimate sacrifice.”  

Steve and Denise Ferguson, Fernridge

Just Posted

Langley Home Expo shows off home and yard improvements

The annual event is being held in Brookswood at the George Preston Rec Centre

Kodiaks dominate spring season

Seven lopsided wins in a row for the 2018 provincial midget champions

Winner announced in Langley Total Makeover Contest

Cheri McBride thanked friends and family for supporting her

LETTER: Langley cycling lanes sparse and treacherous

Bike to School and Bike to Work week is taking place May 27-31

Survey finds SkyTrain extension has 85 per cent support in Surrey, Langley

TransLink says there has been record-level response in public engagement about the project

B.C.’s fight to regulate bitumen through pipelines to go to Canada’s top court

BC Appeal Court judges found B.C. cannot restrict bitumen flow along Trans Mountain pipeline

Burnaby facility to dispose of 1,500 tonnes of Canada’s trash from Philippines

All 103 containers will be disposed of properly within Canada before the end of the summer

Scheer says it would take Conservatives five years to balance budget

Scheeraccused the Liberal government of spending $79.5 billion of previously unbudgeted funds

Man wants guilty plea revoked in 2012 collision in Abbotsford that killed Chilliwack woman

Michael Larocque was charged in relation to crash that killed Eileen Kleinfelder

High-risk sex offender released into Surrey

Earon Wayne Giles, a Newton “tag-team rapist,” was released from prison Friday and is now living in Surrey

Vancouver woman sexually assaulted after man follows her home; suspect at large

Police are looking for an Asian man in his 40s after the incident on Vancouver’s east side.

B.C. man, 30, arrested for driving his parents’ cars while impaired twice in one day

The Vancouver-area man was arrested after officers caught him driving impaired twice in one day

UPDATE: Vancouver man dies after crash between motorcycle, transport truck

Police believe speed was a factor in Thursday collision

Trial slated to start Monday for accused killer of Abbotsford cop

Oscar Arfmann faces first-degree murder for death of Const. John Davidson

Most Read