To: Andrew Holota <aholota@blackpress.ca>

Hi Andrew:

Being born in 1944, in Holland, a country liberated by the Canadian Army, has imprinted on me a deep respect for the military, who risk the loss of their health and comforts to fight on behalf of foreigners who are unable to defend themselves against oppression.  So I always attend Remembrance Day services.

Out of some 3,000 or more present at the Abbotsford cenotaph, maybe three percent were from our Indo-Canadian community.  But even if that number had been fifty percent I would have felt the same dismay,…… when the opening prayer was done by a temple priest in the Punjabi language.

Canada has two official languages.  Even having the ‘prayer’ in French would have been absurd, given there are very few French speakers in this predominantly English-speaking Fraser Valley, and those few likely all speak English fluently.

But why bother with a prayer at all if it is nothing more than a sop to multi-culturalism, inclusivity gone mad.

Did Canadian boys die overseas to free others from tyranny, or to exalt political correctness?

India may be a democracy, but it is also a land where gang rapes don’t make the news, the fact that men get arrested and given any real punishment is what makes news there.

India, a land that binds people within strong caste systems.

India, a land where bribery is the normal method of doing business.

India the land where females endure degrading sexual mutilation and girl babies are disproportionately chosen for abortion.

What distinguishes Canada from any other nation?  I spoke to one of the ceremony organizers after Nov. 11th and he said they want to include all the cultures and religions in the service.

Well then prayer becomes a mockery and should be cut right out of this ceremony. God says He will not share His glory with another.

I expect that most Canadians who prayed for help in the midst of the two world wars were not calling out to the gods of other countries, but to the Creator who sent His only Son to redeem mankind from their sins.

Canada is sure not perfect either, but to commemorate those who died in wars, by praying in a foreign language that only a handful of people could understand, was very foolish.

Gerda Peachey – Abbotsford

OPINION

LETTER: Punjabi prayer was about peace

This is in response to the letter in the Abbotsford News on Nov. 13.The temple was given one minute by the Remembrance Day committee to do the prayer in Punjabi.If there was to be translation of the prayer more time would have had to be provided, which could not be fit into the day’s schedule.However, there was an announcement made by the MC that it is a prayer in Punjabi for peace for all.If someone is interested in the translation of the peace prayer, please contact the temple as per below.Bhajan ToorVice-president, Khalsa Diwan Society templeSouth Fraser WayAbbotsford

Thousands attend Remembrance Day in Abbotsford

posted Nov 11, 2015 at 1:00 PM— updated Nov 12, 2015 at 3:12 PM

Over 3,000 attended today’s Remembrance Day ceremony at Abbotsford’s Cenotaph at Thunderbird Memorial Square on Veterans Way.Led by Art Turnbull of the Royal Canadian Legion, the solemn ceremony honoured the sacrifices of Canadian soldiers past and present. This year’s event featured a performance from the Pacific Mennonite Children’s Choir and the Royal Canadian Air Cadets 861 Silverfox Squadron band, a prayer from the Khalsa Diwan Society Sikh Temple, and laying of remembrance wreaths by community groups and dignitaries.

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