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(Updated 9:30 p.m., Nov. 11)
Cold, blustery conditions fail to dampen Remembrance Day ceremonies

By Fred Sherwin
The Orléans Star

Area residents who attended Friday's Remembrance Day ceremony at the Orléans Legion took time to leave their poppies at the foot of cenotaph. Fred Sherwin/Photo

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.

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”.

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 since last year's ceremony.

The 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."

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 wreaths that were laid at the foot of the Cenotaph.

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

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

 

 

   

 


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