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Full house at Cremona Remembrance Day service

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Cadets Jacob Wiper, left, and his brother Aaric, members of 185 Olds Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron, place a wreath on behalf of the province of Alberta during the Nov. 11 Cremona ceremony. Dan Singleton/MVP Staff

CREMONA -  The Cremona Community Centre was filled to capacity with more than 300 people of all ages in attendance for Monday’s Remembrance Day ceremony.

“This morning as we gather together to remember friends, loved ones and people who fought and died for our freedom, may we not only remember in our minds but more importantly in our heart so that we can live a life reflective of the lives given for us in wars past,” said Michael Lum, a pastor with Cremona Congregational Church, during the service.

More than 30 wreaths of remembrance were laid during the ceremony, including the first wreath by members of the RCMP on behalf of the Dominion of Canada.

Ben Grainger, a Cremona Royal Canadian Legion Branch #172 member, was the event’s MC. He thanked those in attendance for remembering Canada’s veterans.

Flossie Bodell gave the service’s keynote address, recalling the Second World War service of her father Ben, a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force.

Kathie Reid led the service in several songs and Jesse Morales was the piper.

The ceremony also included performances by the Cremona School band.