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Remembrance SundayRemembrance Sunday, which falls on 11 November in 2018, is a dayfor the nation to remember and honour those who have sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom. The Reston Recorder will be closed on Monday, November 12 to observe Remembrance Day.

Remembering Afghanistan

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 Remembrance Day is a special time to reflect on those who have lost their lives in military service and thank our Veterans, young and old alike.

 For some people, unfortunately, remembrance can hit home with painful emotion on a daily basis. One hundred and fifty-eight (158) members of the Canadian Armed Forces from across the country died during our country’s efforts in Afghanistan between 2001 and 2014. The bodies of the fallen were returned to Canada for a formal repatriation ceremony, then carried down the Highway of Heroes before being returned to their families. The Canadian flags that were waved along the Highway of Heroes are now put away and our nation is beginning to heal. The friends and families of the fallen, however, continue to quietly bear their deep loss. The wounds of Afghanistan live on in other ways, too. Many soldiers returned home with injuries to body and mind that, for some, will last a lifetime.

 Canada is remembering those who served in Afghanistan in many ways. The Government of Canada recognized and supported the friends and families with a “National Day of Honour” on May 9, 2014. On Remembrance Day 2014, there was a formal rededication of the National War Memorial to add the dates of the Afghanistan mission. Other memorials, like the Afghanistan Vigil that has travelled across the country recently, have also been unveiled and more will be in the years to come.

Picture Perfect.

 The Canadian Army Film and Photo Unit was established in 1941 to record our country’s involvement in the Second World War. The unit was made up of people familiar with photography and filmmaking. They were a unique bunch, with backgrounds ranging from movie directors to Hollywood stuntmen! Standing out in this group, however, was one female photographer. Against great odds, she eventually found a place in a field traditionally filled by men. Her name was Sergeant Karen Herminston, and she was the first (and only) female photographer in the Canadian Army during the war. “Hermie,” as she was known, spent more than four years in uniform snapping pictures of her fellow Canadian Women’s Army Corps members. During that time she also gradually took on additional assignments like those done by the male photographers. Whatever it would take to find the right angle, this trailblazer’s shots were picture perfect.

Brandon Bus Lines

 With the closure of Greyhound, Brandon Bus Lines will be offering passenger service from Brandon to Winnipeg starting November 19, 2018. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Bus will depart Brandon at 7:30 a.m. with an approximate arrival in Winnipeg of 10:15 a.m. Bus will depart Winnipeg at 6 p.m. with an approximate arrival in Brandon of 8:45 p.m. They also stop in Carberry and Portage la Prairie as necessary. Tickets are $50+ taxes (one way). Call the office at 1-877-571-0231 to book your seat.

Chase the Ace

 Chase the Ace resumed in Reston November 2. There are some new rules: Tickets go on sale from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.  Early bird prize will be drawn at 7:00 p.m. The draw will now be done at 8:15 p.m. New for this go around there will be a 10% weekly payout. The chase starts with 54 cards, 52 regular cards plus 2 jokes. Good luck to everyone.

New Advertising Agent

  Janelle Desrochers has returned to Corner Pocket Publishing after her maternity leave. Janelle will be working Tuesdays and Wednesdays selling advertising for both Reston and Melita papers.

Quote of the Week

 Dead people receive more flowers than living ones because regret is stronger than gratitude. – Anne Frank

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