9:30 p.m., Nov. 11)
Cold, blustery conditions fail to dampen Remembrance Day ceremonies
By Fred Sherwin
The Orléans Star
residents who attended Friday's Remembrance
Day ceremony at the Orléans Legion took time
to leave their poppies at the foot of cenotaph.
Hundreds of area residents braved Friday's cold and blustery conditions to honour Canada's fallen war heroes during the Remembrance Day ceremony at the Orléans Legion.
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
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 since last year's ceremony.
roll call of the deceased signaled the laying of the
wreaths beginning with Orléans MP Andrew Leslie
who laid a wreath on behalf of the Government of Canada.
The former Lieutentant-General had nothing but praise for the hundreds of people who braved the chilly and windy conditions to pay honour to Canada's veterans both past and present.
Every year this ceremony gets bigger. And let's not forget all the other smaller ceremonies taking place in all the communities that comprise the wonderful community of Orléans," said Leslie. "And there are several hundreds, if not more who go to the ceremony downtown. So the amount of dedication and love and support that members of the Orléans community shows towards their armed forces is unparalleled."
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 wreaths that were laid at the foot of the Cenotaph.
open reception followed in the Legion with hundreds of
sandwiches supplied by members of the Lades Auxiliary.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)