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Ceremony at Lethbridge cemetery marks 100th anniversary of the poppy

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – The most well-known symbol of remembrance is now a century old.

The original idea of the poppy came after World War One from a lady by the name of Anna Guerin of France who was inspired by the famous poem, “In Flanders Fields”.

It has been an iconic symbol of remembrance in many countries around the globe ever since.

The local legion branch commemorated the 100th anniversary of the poppy on Tuesday with a ceremony at Mountain View Cemetery. The local Legion also showed the recent installation of several veteran graves with military markers thanks to The Last Post Fund.

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The General Stewart Branch has also launched a social media campaign. People across southern Alberta who have a memory of someone associated with the poppy, are asked to post using the hashtag, #mypoppymemory

“There are many people in the community whose relatives have served and whose memories have as yet not been shared or recorded for posterity. We want to reach out to encourage the tech savvy, social media generation to research and share these stories as a lasting and public tribute to the memory of their service and sacrifice” says Tom McElhinney, Chair of the Poppy Committee of the Lethbridge Branch.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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