Knokke-Heist, Belgium - Church service 2017

 

On Saturday 4th November 2017 a Canadian Church Service was held in the Margaretakerk in Knokke-Heist, remembrance for the liberation of the Scheldt in 1944.  Accompanied by the "For Freedom Pipes and Drums" and "Almost Heaven".

 


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"Amazing Grace" by For Freedom Pipes & Drums 

 

Amazing grace, How sweet the sound

That saved a wretch like me.

I once was lost, but now I am found,

Was blind, but now I see.

 

'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,

And grace my fears relieved.

How precious did that grace appear

The hour I first believed.

 

Through many dangers, toils and snares

I have already come,

'Tis grace has brought me safe thus far

And grace will lead me home.

 

 

The Lord has promised good to me

His word my hope secures;

He will my shield and portion be,

As long as life endures.

 

Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,

And mortal life shall cease

I shall possess within the veil,

A life of joy and peace.

 

When we've been there ten thousand years

Bright shining as the sun,

We've no less days to sing God's praise

Than when we've first begun.

 

"The Banks Of The Leopold Canal" by Almost Heaven

 

Time is a ticking my love

Can no longer stay

Sounds of the alarms

And I must go away

Ordered out over seas

For many a weary day

To the banks, of a place they call Leopold Canal

 

Oh, Willie, Sweet Willie

Don't leave me here alone

For I wish to God above,

That I was never born

Parting from you my love

I'd rather be buried alive

So stay home with me Sweet Willie

And I'll be your loving wife

 

Oh Annie, Sweet Annie

Surely can not stay

The government has ordered me

And I must go away

The government has ordered me

Set up their command

And I'm bound away my love

For the Leopold Canal

 

 

 

 

Cruel was the war

When it first began

 

Out of Canada

We lost, many a man

Out of Canada

Men were battered and torn

Thousands lay dead on Leopold's shore

 

Sitting in the trenches

Couldn't help but curse

This cruel bloody war

Had taken me from her

Taken me from my sweet heart

And the place where I loved to dwell

And shipped me off to the bloody banks,

Of the Leopold Canal

 

Time is a ticking my love

Can no longer stay

Sounds of the alarms

And I must go away

Ordered out over seas

For many a weary day

To the banks, of a place they call Leopold Canal