Esk’etemc Hosts Remembrance Day Ceremony on Friday, November 11

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The late Everette Dan at a ceremony where he was promoted to the Canadian Armed Forces in Wainwright, Alberta. (Photo by Troy Dan)
The family of the late Everette Dan placed a Canadian flag at his grave in Esk'etemc.  Dan was drafted into the Canadian Armed Forces but died of COVID-19 in April 2020. (Photo by Troy Dan)The family of the late Everette Dan placed a Canadian flag at his grave in Esk’etemc. Dan was drafted into the Canadian Armed Forces but died of COVID-19 in April 2020. (Photo by Troy Dan)

Traditionally, the community of Esk’etemc honors its veterans on Remembrance Day.

This year a ceremony will begin at 10:30 am at the November 11 Cenotaph located at the western end of the community.

Chief Fred Robbins said they would sing a song of honor for community members who served in wars and died.

They include Mabel Belleau, Tony Harry, Adolph Johnson, Duncan Robbins, Kukpi Charlie Sampson, brothers Francis and Garnet Squinahan, Les Peters, Bowe and an unknown soldier.

Everette Dan, who died of COVID-19 on April 23, 2020 at the age of 23, will also be honored.

Everette was stationed with the Canadian Armed Forces in Wainwright, Alberta. at the time of his death.

He had taken a week off and was in Kamloops when he learned he had COVID-19.

“He went to Quebec and then deployed to Germany and after he got back to Alberta he went to Poland,” his father Troy Dan said of the places his son went while enlisting.

As a young child, Everette wanted to join the military, Troy said,

“We had to make sure he waited until he was 18 before he joined. He wanted to be in the regular army. He was the greatest guy. He was so loving and caring.

Everette left behind a younger brother Ryan, his brother Keith, his twin brothers Troy and Dave, his sisters Amanda, Carmen and another brother named Troy, his mother Barb Wycotte, his late older brother Sheldon Wycotte and his sister Courtney, a said his father.

Troy recently placed a Canadian flag at his son’s grave to honor him and hopes to have a memorial pew completed soon.

“Now we have a grandson named Little Everette – Ryan’s son, Everette’s brother. He’s a happy little boy, just like his uncle,” Troy said. . I think of him every day.”

At 11:11 a.m. there will be a moment of silence and Robbins and a council member will say a few words.

From the cenotaph, the procession will proceed to the cemetery where it will sing at the grave of each veteran.

Lunch will follow at the community cafe.


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