Volunteers who made the white crosses possible are from left, Bill Lee, Rodger Thomas, Joann Lee, Mary Thomas, Nancy Land, Tammy Pollock, Peggy Duncan and Shelly Zimmer. (Kayla Kobi/Stettler Independent photo)

Stettler remembers the brave fallen

No Stone Left Alone Ceremony starts at 1 today

Stettler remembers.

The sacrifice of the veterans in Stettler’s Lake View Cemetery won’t be forgotten and to make sure, the IODE Stettler Frontenac Chapter placed white crosses near the tombs of more than 120 soldiers.

The project was spearheaded by IODE member Peggy Duncan.

“I’ve been working on it for two years.”

It all started when Peggy’s granddaughter asked her why there’s nothing in Stettler to honour the soldiers.

“I said ‘I don’t know.’”

But that got Peggy thinking about it and taking action.

She spoke with a legion member who directed her to the Calgary legion website and how to get white crosses.

She also recruited volunteers Joanne Lee, Mary and Rodger Thomas, Nancy and Darius Land, Tammy Pollock, Lori Laroque and Lee Chapman.

Volunteers walked the entire cemetery looking for Stettler and area’s veterans and recording the soldiers not listed. The Town of Stettler also helped by finding where soldiers were buried and putting the information down for the IODE.

On Oct. 17 volunteers from the IODE, with help from Wm. E. Hay students placed the white crosses. The poppies arrived later, in time for the No Stone Left Alone Ceremony at the Lake View Cemetery Nov. 6 honouring the veterans.

The Nov. 6 ceremony starts at 1 p.m. for all those who want to join.

The procession will be led by Stettler RCMP Phil Penny and Princess Patricia Light Infantry Cpl. Dane Graham with Flag Bearer Mary Thomas and IODE members.

Greetings will be from by IODE President Valerie Brayden, Town of Stettler Mayor Sean Nolls, County of Stettler Reeve Larry Clarke and UCP candidate Nate Horner. Chloe Shingoose will sing O Canada. In Flanders Fields will be read by Pastor Aicken and the Commitment to Remember was by Elpha Sneft.

 

Students from Wm. E Hay school help lay crosses. (Kayla Kobi/Stettler Independent photo)

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