Garden Terrace pays tribute to veterans on Remembrance Day

Six resident veterans attended the emotional service

Garden Terrace hosted a Remembrance Day service Nov. 11 to pay tribute to those who have served Canada and to honour the soldiers who didn’t return home from war.

Attending the service were six veterans living at the Kanata, Ont. long-term care home, some of whom saw combat, who wore their uniforms and medals, says Garden Terrace life enrichment co-ordinator Rachael King.

There were also some residents attending who had spouses or other family members who had served in the Armed Forces, she adds.

About 12 residents as well as family members and staff attended the ceremony.

Rev. Jonathan Kelly from Holy Redeemer Roman Catholic Church read Scripture as well as John McCrae’s poem In Flanders Fields.

Bagpiper Brandon Stewart went to the courtyard and played songs, such as Amazing Graze, as part of the service. There was a moment of silence and a wreath-laying ceremony at the service as well, Rachael notes.

Rachael says the service was a sombre occasion, especially for the resident veterans attending.

“It was a very emotional service for them, but they were very grateful that they got to experience it,” she tells The OMNIway.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Resident Jack Dean and bagpiper Brandon Stewart are seen here during the Remembrance Day service at Garden Terrace.