Reflections: Remembrance Day at Royal Roads

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Jean Macgregor
Shelley Langille recalls her experience of honouring her grandfather and other veterans at her first Royal Roads Remembrance Day ceremony.

Military and Strategic Sector Liaison Shelley Langille shared her Remembrance Day reflection on the Changing Lives Story Project earlier this year. She recalls her experience of honouring her grandfather and other veterans at her first Royal Roads Remembrance Day ceremony.

Here is an excerpt from her story:

“My paternal grandfather volunteered for WWII, fighting for a better world for his country and the family he left behind: a wife and three young children, with another on the way. He lost his life just two weeks before the end of the war. He is buried in Holten Canadian War Cemetery in the Netherlands with more than 1,300 other soldiers.

Growing up, I remember attending Remembrance Day services in the high school auditorium in Port Alberni where I grew up, and later at events in the communities I called home.

Shortly after coming to Royal Roads, I attended the RRMC Ex-Cadet Club’s annual Remembrance Day Ceremony held in the Italian Gardens. It was a simple affair, attended by more than one hundred people. The service was beautiful, respectful and moving.”

Read Shelley’s entire story here.