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(Posted 8:30 a.m., Nov. 12)
Hundreds turn out for Orléans Remembrance Day ceremony

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Orléans MP Andrew Leslie lays a wreath on behalf of the Canadian government at the Orléans Legion cenotaph on Wednesday. Fred Sherwin/Photo

Hundreds of people turned out to honour Canada’s fallen war heroes during Remembrance Day ceremonies at the Orléans Legion on Wednesday.

Between 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.

The 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 With Me”.

The 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.

Following 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 piper’s “Lament” and “The Rouse” during which two CF-18s flew over the parade grounds.

Orléans 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.

The 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.

It was Leslie’s first official public duty since he was elected on Oct. 19.

“It’s a great day to be Canadian. It’s a magnificent crowd here at the Legion. It’s outstanding,” Leslie said when asked to describe his feelings having attended his first Remembrance Day ceremony as the member of parliament for Orléans.

“I 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."

The former lieutenant-general also took a moment to reflect on the men and women he served with during his time in the military.

“In my own personal case, I think of those who I served with who didn’t make it home, or were greviously injured,” said Leslie.

After 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.

An open reception followed in the Legion with hundreds of sandwiches supplied by members of the Ladie’s Auxiliary.


Two 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 Sherwin/Photo

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


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