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(Posted 7:30 a.m., Nov. 11)
Hundreds attend local Remembrance Day ceremonies

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

World War II veteran Ed Timson lays a wreath on behalf of those who perished during the Second World War at the Orléans Legion Remembrance Day ceremony on Monday. Fred Sherwin/Photo

Hundreds of local residents stood in wet, snowy conditions on Monday to mark Remembrance Day ceremonies in Navan, Cumberland Village and Orléans.

The Orléans Legion Cenotaph is traditionally the site of the largest local ceremony with military veterans, diginitaries, and members of the public gathering to honour those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in serving their country.

The ceremony began with the playing of the Last Post followed by a recitation of "In Flanders Fields" and "Au Champs d'Honneur" and Scripture readings by padres from thee different denominations.

Two minutes of silence was then observed followed by the lament, the reveillier and the benediction which signalled the laying of the first wreath by Ottawa-Orléans MP Royal Galipeau on behalf of the Government of Canada.

As the snow began to let up, dozens of other wreaths were layed on behalf of veterans of the Second World War, the Korean War and the conflict in Afghanistan. Wreaths were also layed by representatives from local groups and organizations including the Boys Scouts and Girl Guides, the Cadets and the Knights of Columbus.

During the laying of the wreaths, the names of Legion members who have passed away in the last year were read out. They include Jim Armit, Frank Brothers, Fraser Brown, Willie Ouellet, Jerome Morel, Guy Fortier, Brian Lean, Marcel Plourde, Eric Rud and Louise Wood.

After the laying of the wreaths the dignitaries, mrembers of the military, RCMP and the Ottawa Police marched off he parafe ground led by the colour guard and members of the RCMP Pipes and Drums.

Similar ceremonies were held in Cumberland Village and Navan which was attended by local World War II and Korean vet Eric Smith.

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