British Columbia Church Honors Veterans

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The Well Christian Reformed Church, a small church plant in Kelowna, British Columbia, is committed to making its presence felt in the community through service.

Rev. Ron Vanden Brink officiates the cenotaph service on Remembrance Day in Kelowna, British Columbia.

So it is fitting that, for the past four years, Rev. Ron Vanden Brink, pastor of The Well, has been the officiating pastor for the Remembrance Day service at the cenotaph in Rutland, the neighborhood where the church is located.

Vanden Brink serves as the 'padre' of the local Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans' Club, Kelowna Unit 376. "I enjoy the connections and am available to counsel members as requested," he said. He attends all official functions [and has conducted] funerals and even one wedding. "I've had some great conversations as a result," he said.

On Nov. 11 (Veterans’ Day in the United States), Canadians across the country gather at local cenotaphs to remember those who sacrificed their lives in wars dating back to World War I.

About the Author

Jenny deGroot is a freelance media review and news writer for The Banner. She lives on Swallowfield Farm near Fort Langley B.C. with her husband, Dennis. Before retirement she worked as a teacher librarian and assistant principal. 

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