Time to remember

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As 2016 draws to a close, it’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day shuffle that comes in the later months. From Halloween to Christmas, the calendar is packed with concerts and celebrations and we all find ourselves scrambling to make it out to all of our commitments.

But each November, it’s important to take one day out of our busy schedules to reflect on those who fought to keep us safe. Remembrance Day is our chance to express our gratitude to the soldiers who gave everything for our freedom.

We have been working hard the past week to deliver stories in recognition of this special day. Dustin Ruth writes of Bob Harriman, an Airdrie artist who has honoured fallen soldiers through his work. Also in this issue, see a story by Christina Waldner on an Airdrie resident who researched the history of his uncle, who served in combat in World War I.

In peaceful times, it can be easy to forget the scope of what these individuals went through. These were regular people who had lives, families and goals who charged into uncertain danger with no guarantee of ever returning. Many of them never did.

But it is due to their sacrifice, and the sacrifice of those who continue to serve, that we live in a country and in a world where freedom and goodwill continue to prevail over those who seek other aims.

If you are an Airdrie resident, we hope to see you at the Remembrance Day service this Nov. 11 at the Shane Fieldhouse located at Genesis Place Recreation Centre. Doors open for seating at 8:30 a.m. and the service will begin at 10 a.m.

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