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(Posted 11 a.m., Nov. 12)
Hundreds attend local Remembrance Day ceremonies
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Members of the public place their poppies on sand that was taken from Juno Beach in Normandy and placed on the Orléans cenotaph prior to Sunday's Remembrance Day ceremony. Fred Sherwin/Photo

For awhile early Sunday morning it looked as if this year's Remembrance Day ceremonies might be a washout. Volunteers at the Royal Canadian Legion on Taylor Creek Road had to get ready for the event in the pouring rain.

But as the hour neared the rain stopped and the skies began to clear up, alllowing hundreds of area residents the chance to pay their respects at Remembrance Day ceremonies in Orléans, Navan and Cumberland Village.

This year's Remembrance Day ceremonies were accompanied by an imrpomptu air show as a trio of CF18 fighters circled overhead.

The 632 Royal Canadian Legion event was performed at the newly-repaired cenotaph which was annoited wth water and sand from Juno Beach where 359 Canadian soldiers were killed and 574 were wounded on June 6, 1944.

The ceremony bagan with the parade of active servce members. veterans, cadets and dignataries who took their place on the grounds in front of the cenotaph. Once they were in place, the Cumberland Community Singers and the Cumberland Youth Choir led the gathering in the singing of O Canada.

The rest of the program followed the standard itinerary with the bugling of the Last Post, followed by two minutes of silence, the playing of the Lament by a lone piper, and the buggling of the Rouse.

The Act of Remembrance was then read, followed by the reciting of "In Flanders Fields".

After the prayers were read, dignitaries and representatives from various branches of the Armed Forces, the Legion and local service clubs laid wreaths at the foot of the cenotaph.

At the conclusion of the formal part of the ceremony, many of those present either pinned their poppies to the wreaths, or laid them on the base of the cenotpah as they filed past the statue.

A reception was held after the event inside the Legion where hot toddies were served along with sandwiches and other finger foods served by the Ladies Auxiliary.

Similar events were held in Cumberland Village and Navan, where WWII and Korean War veteran Eric Smith, 91, laid a wreath in honour of his honour of his fallen comrades, who he says are the real war heroes.

"When I think of all the guys who never got to come home, many of them my close firends, it really chokes me up," said Smith who recieved the Distinguished Flying Cross for his service in the Second World War.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)

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