‘O Canada’ singing made for a memorable moment

Spontaneous singing with a little girl brightens a Remembrance Day for family.

Laura Sim joins a little girl who asked the Sim family to sing O Canada along with her. It was a memorable Remembrance Day moment.

Laura Sim joins a little girl who asked the Sim family to sing O Canada along with her. It was a memorable Remembrance Day moment.

Editor: What a memorable Remembrance day.

Members of the Sim family were at the Langley City cenotaph on Nov. 11, for a dedication playing of the bagpipes by my brother Jeff. We always have a ceremony with the family laying a wreath and my mom in attendance.

Jeff always does an amazing job piping a couple of tunes in memory of our father John (Jack) King Sim RO, 180 Squadron, RCAF, Wireless air gunner. Dad helped free Holland from the Germans in the Second World War, flying many sorties in a B-25 Mitchell over Holland.

We were all gathered at the site when this adorable little girl asked us if we would sing “O Canada” with her. We agree that we would and away she sang.

Closing her eyes and holding her hand to her heart, she led us. At the same time she was doing the motions, as if she was signing as well. It was amazing how confident and passionate she was, as she had to have only been about six to seven years old.

After she had finished, her father gave her a big hug and told her, eyes swelled in tears, how proud he was of her. It was  a priceless moment on a day that means so much to everyone. This will always be in our hearts.

This ceremony was the best celebration of our Dad, with the talents of both the little girl and Jeffrey, our favourite piper.

Lest we forget.

Wesley Sim,

Langley