Remembrance Day 2020: a small group, including staff and WYLD youth, from the Sorrento Centre joined with a small group from the Royal Canadian Legion for a COVID-compliant ceremony at the Cenotaph in front of St Mary's Anglcan-United Church, just across the TransCanada Highway from our Centre.
In our tiny gathering, two Canadian military veterans and a woman who was part of the Dutch resistance during the Second World War... plus a handful of others who gathered to remember the horror of war, to mourn the losses and to commit to a just and loving peace for all humanity.
At precisely 11 am, the Legion led us in a solemn remembrance: "They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old; age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them." Then, we sang O Canada.
After that, Sorrento Centre Executive Director Michael Shapcott led the small gathering in a service adapted from a Remembrance Day service of the Church of England:
We prayed for all service women and men, including members of the military;
We prayed for civilian women, children and men whose lives are disfigured by war and terror;
We prayed for peacemakers and peacekeepers.
We prayed for those in political, military and religious leadership, asking that they find wisdom and resolve to move towards peace and reconciliation.
We remembered the Beautitudes from Jesus, setting out a way of living in the world based on justice, peace, love and a profound respect for the dignity and value of all people.
We jointly offered three commitments: "to strive for all that makes for peace... to seek to heal the wounds of war... to work for a just future for all humanity."
** Click below for full text of our Remembrance Day 2020 service **
The Sorrento Centre is grateful to Mel Arnold, our Member of Parliament, for delivering a Remembrance wreath to us that we were able to place at the Cenotaph.