Each year the Royal Canadian Legion US Zone, Branch #25 representing the San Francisco Bay area, observes Remembrance Day at Liberty Cemetery in Petaluma, CA. The 2017 ceremony began around 10:30am and lasted approximately 30 minutes. As always, our U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps (USNSCC) Arkansas Division partners participated (and we thank them for their continued support).
The Royal Canadian Legion
San Francisco Bay Area Branch 25
Remembrance and Veterans Day Service
Liberty Cemetery – Petaluma, California
Saturday, 10 November 2018 – 10:30 am
Under the direction of Vice President Jack Kincaid
Every year, Comrade Hugh Campion and his wife Pearl tidy the area and place the poppies at each marker, which are a tribute to those buried here at Liberty Cemetery. Their dedication to the care of this sacred site is an act of true remembrance.
This year we also wish to thank the US Naval Sea Cadet Corps – Arkansas Division for their hard work in renovating the cemetery this year.
Please stay for a group photo at the conclusion.
Branch Members are encouraged to gather for a no-host lunch at the site of their choosing.
Restrooms courtesy of Liberty Elementary School adjacent to the Cemetery.
Please remember that the Festival of Remembrance will be at Grace Cathedral on Sunday, 11 November. Please arrive by 2:30pm.
Order of Service
Welcome Vice President Jack Kincaid
Colors Are Posted Sea Cadets
Opening Prayer Michael Barbour, Acting Chaplain
All may be seated.
Prime Minister’s Remembrance Day Message Siefken Krieger
“In Flanders Fields” Hugh Campion
“In Flanders Fields – An Answer” Sea Cadet Reader
Placing of the Wreath Sea Cadets
The parade salutes and Color Guard Present Arms.
A Two-Minute Silence is Observed
Act of Remembrance
“They shall grow not old, as we who 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.”
Response from all: “We will Remember Them.”
Bells of Peace Sea Cadets
Close & Response Michael Barbour, Acting Chaplain
“Today we remember and pay our respects to those comrades whose death we mourn, but whose spirit still lives. May we strive to promote unity and the spirit of comradeship, never forgetting the solemn obligation we have assumed as members of the Royal Canadian Legion and remembering them. May we ever pray; “Lord God of Hosts be with us yet – Lest We Forget“.
Response from all: “Lest We Forget.”
End of Service 11-11-11
Below are some pictures from the event.
Please note that we neglected to take the group photo this year.