November 13, 2016 marked one of the loveliest Remembrance Day ceremonies with crisp weather, sunshine and full fall colors at the historic Brookwood American Cemetery. This moving ceremony is put on annually by the American Battle Monuments Commission and The St. James Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution to honour those who serve and have served in the Armed Forces of the United States of America. AWBS, AWS and CAWC have the great honor of co-hosting the reception afterwards for the 100-150 attendees.
Attendees this year included dignitaries from the US Embassy and armed forces, the Canadian embassy, the Surrey high council, many of our men and women currently serving today, as well as representatives from several Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts troups and their families. AWBS President Kristi Thompson and AWS President Floralinda LaFratta laid a wreath together, as did our FAWCO representatives. It was a pleasure to see so many AWBS members in attendance!
I highly recommend a day trip to see this historic 19th c. cemetery, and American Battle Monuments site. Pop into the office and say hello to Craig, the American Battle Monuments Commission manager. Tell him you are from the AWBS. He and his wife have both worked in the forces are so gracious.
Kristi Thompson, President 2015-2017