11 a.m., Nov. 12)
attend local Remembrance Day ceremonies
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
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.
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.
year's Remembrance Day ceremonies were accompanied by
an imrpomptu air show as a trio of CF18 fighters circled
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.
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.
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.
Act of Remembrance was then read, followed by the reciting
of "In Flanders Fields".
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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