8:30 a.m., Nov. 12)
Hundreds turn out for Orléans Remembrance Day ceremony
By Fred Sherwin
MP Andrew Leslie lays a wreath on behalf of
the Canadian government at the Orléans Legion
cenotaph on Wednesday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
of people turned out to honour Canadas fallen war
heroes during Remembrance Day ceremonies at the Orléans
Legion on Wednesday.
1,500 and 2,000 stood five and six deep as the RCMP pipe
and drums corps led the parade of dignitaries, veterans,
reservists and currently serving members of the military
on to the Orléans Legion parade grounds.
ceremony began with the singing of O Canada, led by members
of the Cumberland Community Singers and the Cross Town
Youth Chorus, followed by a solemn rendition of Abide
temperature was seasonably warm, making it comfortable
for the both the crowd and participants alike, and accept
for a few drops here and there, there was no sign of rain.
the singing of Abide With Me, there was a
reading of Scripture leading up to the playing of the
Last Post. Two minutes of silence was then
observed followed by the pipers Lament
and The Rouse during which two CF-18s flew
over the parade grounds.
Legion president Marty Keates and Comrade Margo Tremblay
recited In Flanders Fields in both official
languages and listed the Legion members who have passed
away in the last year. They include William Beeston, Chuck
Collins, Bruce Haavisto, George Harper, Clifford Moore,
Donald Renwick, Lucretia Sealy and Frank Webster.
roll call of the deceased signalled the laying of the
wreaths beginning with Orléans MP Andrew Leslie
who laid a wreath on behalf of the Government of Canada.
was Leslies first official public duty since he
was elected on Oct. 19.
a great day to be Canadian. Its a magnificent crowd
here at the Legion. Its outstanding, Leslie
said when asked to describe his feelings having attended
his first Remembrance Day ceremony as the member of parliament
feel honoured to witness the outpouring of love and affection
and support from the community. I think Canadians are
learning how to better express themselves when it comes
to supporting our troops, which is evident by the crowds
that keep growing year after year."
former lieutenant-general also took a moment to reflect
on the men and women he served with during his time in
my own personal case, I think of those who I served with
who didnt make it home, or were greviously injured,
all the wreaths were laid and the honour guard had left
the parade grounds, members of the public queued up to
leave their poppies on the cenotaph.
open reception followed in the Legion with hundreds of
sandwiches supplied by members of the Ladies Auxiliary.
children from The Little School Day Care Centre
on Taylor Creek Drive lay a wreath they made
on the cenotaph at the Orléans Legion
with a member of the Day Care staff. Fred
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)
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