After collecting the National wreath, I joined a group of presenters waiting for the ceremony to begin, where I made connection with a woman standing behind me. She was Marie Kenny, President of the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada. Chris Bateman and I had met Marie last May at the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Awards. Valerie Blais, President of IODE Laurentian Chapter, was present to represent Jo Brodie, President of the Municipal Chapter of Ottawa, who was unable to attend due to an injury
Following the arrival of Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston, Mrs. Roxanne Priede, of Greenwood, British Columbia and native of Hamilton, Ontario, was introduced as the National Silver Cross Mother. Mrs. Priede presented a wreath on behalf of mothers who have lost children in the military service of their nation. Mrs. Priede’s son, Master Corporal Darrell Jason Priede, a Military Image Technician serving with the International Security Assistance Force, Regional Command (South), which was headquartered in Kandahar Airfield, was killed when the Chinook helicopter he was a passenger in crashed in Kajaki, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, on 30 May 2007. He was 30 years old and the 56th Canadian soldier to be killed in Afghanistan.
Following the Last Post and First Gun Salute at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, all paused to remember and give thanks to those who sacrificed their lives in service of our country. Following the Act of Remembrance, there was a 21-Gun Salute, flyer-over of two planes and prayers given for those who served.
Once the Vice-Regal party and dignitaries had placed their wreaths at the base of the War Memorial, groups representing organizations and individuals were invited to place their wreaths. Joan Drummond, Canadian War Veteran and member of IODE Laurentian Chapter, Valerie and I placed and member of IODE Laurentian Chapter, wreaths on behalf of The National Chapter of Canada IODE and IODE Ottawa Municipal Chapter. Joan then went on to join the Veterans’ parade.
I was very honoured to represent The National Chapter of Canada IODE during this act of remembrance at the National Remembrance Day Ceremony in Ottawa. We must remember their sacrifice always.