Trochu News November 19, 2014

Under the direction of President Bruce Campbell, the Trochu Legion #98 led a celebration of remembrance at the Cenotaph, despite the coldest Remembrance Day in 29 years. The large gathering present was committed to keeping the pledge “Lest we forget.”  Trumpet player Kevin Liang stirred the hearts of all with The Last Post, and following two minutes of silence, Reveille. Numerous wreaths were laid for he Government of Canada, the Legion, the County, the Town, RCMP and different organizations and individuals.
Blessed to be able to lay a wreath for the Legion at the age of 92 was Comrade Jim Christie. The  youngest wreath layer was Quinn Blowers, five years of age. He laid the wreath for “everyone,” that we may have peace and remain “the true north strong and free.”
Following the Service at the Cenotaph, folks gathered at the Seniors Drop In Centre for refreshments provided by the Legion. Pleasant Company provided excellent entertainment and evoked memories with WWI songs. Bill Cunningham provided intermission entertainment by way of a slide presentation on The Great War as observed by William Watson, January 1919. William Watson was employed by The Trochu Tribute. Bill, as Watson, narrated the situation in Trochu with emphasis on the contributions made by Trochu soldiers. Hats off to Bill, to Pleasant Company and the Trochu Legion.
OORP news
The regular meeting of Trochu OORP#71 was held Nov. 11 with 17 members and a visitor present. Following the opening and Roll Call and introductions, the minutes of the October meeting were read and approved. Both treasurer’s reports were given, and current bills presented. Communications were read with several requests for friends. The name of our Lodge will be Trochu Royal Purple Elks #71, as of January 1, 2015. Signing authorities as the bank will be changed at that time. A donation was made to the Food Bank. A wreath was laid at the Remembrance day Service at Tro-Val, St. Mary’s Lodge and Cenotaph. A memorial service will be held at St. Mary’s Lodge on Nov. 24. Service pins were presented to PDD Pat Holowath - 50 years, PHRL Barb Mancini - 30 and PDD Margaret Stankievech will receive her 65 year pin at Three Hills Health Centre. Lodge closed and lunch enjoyed. The next meeting is Dec. 9, followed by a gift exchange.