Hopefully, the Pason Centennial Arena this upcoming Monday will have more people in it than a Game 7 Okotoks Oilers playoff game.
Because the occasion is even more important — it celebrates why Canadians, permanent residents and immigrants can freely go to a hockey game.
Monday is Remembrance Day and a respectable heartfelt ceremony will take place starting at 10:30 a.m. at the arena.
The ceremony – and a smaller service at the Okotoks cenotaph at 10:30 a.m. – will be the culmination of respectful events that have occurred throughout the week and actuality all year.
Any adults who think teens are just hoodies, jeans and t-shirts should go check out Foothills Composite High School this Friday.
The Comp will hold two services — and the public is invited — one at 8:45 a.m., the other at 10:45 a.m. It’s a ceremony that will bring a tear to the eye as the choir, band and drama students work as one to bring in a touching performance.
And theirs is a generation, unlike their moms and dads, who may have been touched by war.
They have lived through the conflict in Afghanistan and are aware of the more than a handful of veterans from that conflict living in the Foothills area.
Young people’s heartfelt thoughts can be seen by the hundreds of posters and poems submitted through the Legion’s Remembrance Day campaigns.
The communities in the Foothills, from Cayley to DeWinton and from Millarville to Blackie, have always shown a strong appreciation for Remembrance Day and you can be guaranteed that will be the case again, which will likely include a full house at the Pason Centennial Arena.
While it won’t be as noisy as an Oilers’ game it will be more heartfelt.
Lest we forget.