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Oshawa Latter-day Saints Gather to Remember

Annual Concert of Remembrance honours the fallen

Bagpiper Iain Lynch (14) led the procession to mark the beginning of the Oshawa Ontario Stake’s Concert of Remembrance on November 5, 2022. This community gathering, held annually since 2018, has been an important way for local members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to honour those who sacrificed their lives in service to their country.

Community members were joined by dignitaries MP Colin Carrie, MPP Jennifer French, CEO Jeremy Blowers of the Ontario Regiment Museum and President Bob Hartley of NATO Veterans of Canada, Durham 7. The dignitaries shared remarks about the importance of remembering those who died in service to their country and those in the armed forces who currently protect the freedoms and liberties we enjoy.

The musical evening included three ceremonial numbers: a bugler playing “The Last Post,” followed by two minutes of silence; Lynch piping “The Lament”; and a soloist from the Whitby Brass Band playing “The Rouse.” Other musical numbers were performed by the Whitby Brass Band and vocalists from the Church.

Elder David G. LaFrance, Area Seventy for the North America Northeast Area, remarked during the 2018 concert that “there is a cost to living in a free and democratic nation. History teaches us that a severe price has been paid by those who were willing to sacrifice their lives to defend our freedom and liberties. We must resist taking these precious gifts for granted. We must teach our children to remember that peace comes with a cost.”

To the fallen, we thank you.

Contributed by Lisa Whitsitt, Oshawa Ontario Stake Communication Director

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