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November 11, 2014

Remembrance Day

They shall grow not old,
as we that 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.

From "For the Fallen" by Laurence Binyon.

As in the past, Summerlea marked Remembrance Day with a special service that commenerates the sacrifices of the many in the service of their country.

Connie chose an especially appropriate anthem
for the day:
Da Pacem Domine
composed by Melchior Franck (1579-1639) with arrangement by Linda Spevacek.
The Latin text and a translation are given below.
Da Pacem Domine
Da pacem domine
en die bus nostris
Give peace O Lord
Give peace O Lord
In these days of ours.

To listen, "Right Click" on the link and choose "Open in New Tab."
Da Pacem Domine

"In 1944 James Moffat was a twenty-one year-old airman with the Royal Canadian Air Force. On a March 31st mission over Europe he survives a mid-air collision and parachutes to safety, in Nazi-occupied Belgium. He manages to evade the enemy and joins the French resistance..."

Jim Moffat is the father of a friend of Summerlea, Brad Moffat, who many of you will know as the husband of our own Barbara Moffat. Brad has oft lent his voice to help our choir on special occasions (look for him during the upcoming Candleight Service) and lent a helping hand at many Summerlea events.

"Earlier this month, [James] Moffat, now ninety-three years-old, was awarded France's National Order of the Legion of Honour."

James Moffat with a WWII gun turret
at the National Air Force Museum of Canada
[PHOTO: James Moffat]

Halifax Bombers on a British runway, circa 1944
[PHOTO: Regent Chenier / The Memory Project]
On Remembrance Day this year CBC radio aired an interview with Jim Moffat.
By clicking on the link below you can hear the interview from the CBC show As it Happens on November 11 with announcer Jeff Douglas and interviewer and host Carol Off.

James Moffat Remembers 1944

The pictures and text in quotations and the audio above were all take from the CBC "As it Happens" webpage.

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