REMEMBRANCE: Langley community supports Murrayville ceremony (with VIDEO)

REMEMBRANCE: Langley community supports Murrayville ceremony (with VIDEO)
REMEMBRANCE: Langley community supports Murrayville ceremony (with VIDEO)
Fcpl. Josh Heath was at the Murrayville Cemetery for Remembrance Day services and captured fellow cadets on guard at the cenotaph.Fcpl. Josh Heath was at the Murrayville Cemetery for Remembrance Day services and captured fellow cadets on guard at the cenotaph.
REMEMBRANCE: Langley community supports Murrayville ceremony (with VIDEO)
REMEMBRANCE: Langley community supports Murrayville ceremony (with VIDEO)
Hugo Balfour, three, helped hand out programs at the Murrayville cemetery for Remembrance Day services on Sunday. (Heather Colpitts/Black Press)Hugo Balfour, three, helped hand out programs at the Murrayville cemetery for Remembrance Day services on Sunday. (Heather Colpitts/Black Press)
REMEMBRANCE: Langley community supports Murrayville ceremony (with VIDEO)
REMEMBRANCE: Langley community supports Murrayville ceremony (with VIDEO)
REMEMBRANCE: Langley community supports Murrayville ceremony (with VIDEO)
REMEMBRANCE: Langley community supports Murrayville ceremony (with VIDEO)
REMEMBRANCE: Langley community supports Murrayville ceremony (with VIDEO)
REMEMBRANCE: Langley community supports Murrayville ceremony (with VIDEO)
Fcpl. Josh Heath, with the 746 Lightning Hawk Royal Canadian Air, photographed the Murrayville Remembrance Day services.Fcpl. Josh Heath, with the 746 Lightning Hawk Royal Canadian Air, photographed the Murrayville Remembrance Day services.
REMEMBRANCE: Langley community supports Murrayville ceremony (with VIDEO)
REMEMBRANCE: Langley community supports Murrayville ceremony (with VIDEO)
REMEMBRANCE: Langley community supports Murrayville ceremony (with VIDEO)
REMEMBRANCE: Langley community supports Murrayville ceremony (with VIDEO)
REMEMBRANCE: Langley community supports Murrayville ceremony (with VIDEO)
REMEMBRANCE: Langley community supports Murrayville ceremony (with VIDEO)
REMEMBRANCE: Langley community supports Murrayville ceremony (with VIDEO)
REMEMBRANCE: Langley community supports Murrayville ceremony (with VIDEO)

Jack Bennett, 95, and several generations of people who would not be alive it he hadn’t returned from the Second World War ventured to the Murrayville cemetery for Remembrance Day.

He was a navigator in a Lancaster bomber and faced enemy fire that could have altered the course of his family history.

“On a bombing trip to Nuremberg, we were hit by anti-aircraft fire and we had to bail out,” he explained about a 1944 flight. “We managed to get over southern France before we had to parachute out.”

Bennett served from about 1942 to 1946, makes a point of going to local Nov. 11 services.

“I came back to Canada in 46 and I’ve been, of course, [attending services] up to right now,” he said.

This year he and family attended the community-organized event at the Murrayville cenotaph and after the formal program were able to wander over to a nearby grave of a friend and veteran to place flowers.

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The service featured the unveiling of a permanent plaque detailing the impact of war on Langley, with new installations in the Murrayville and Fort Langley cemeteries. More than three dozen men from this community were killed in the First World War.

For the ceremony the Canadian Museum of Flight its replica Sopwith Pup plane at the cemetery, and a vintage aircraft flew over the service. As well a formation team did a flypast.

In preparation for Sunday morning’s service, small Canadian flags were placed on the graves of veterans, a visual reminder to those attending of the many who served and who are no interred at the Murrayville cemetery. Unfortunately, by the time the service happened, many of the flags has been torn off and all that remained were small white sticks.

”Regretfully, someone has taken all the little memorial flags off our veterans’ graves,” emcee Rosemary Genberg noted.

Before beginning the formal program she paid tribute to a local resident who was instrumental in the services last year. Dave Manson was a member of the Retired Veterans’ Association. He collected flags and placed 240 around the driveway last year. He has since passed away.

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