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(Posted 6:30 p.m., Nov. 12)
Thousands attend east end Remembrance Day ceremonies
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

More than 2,500 people attended Remembrance Day ceremonies at the Orléans Legion today under a brilliant blue sky and warm temperatures. Fred Sherwin/Photo

Thousands of east end residents attended local Remembrance Day ceremonies under a brilliant blue sky and unseasonably warm temperatures on Tuesday to pay tribute to the tens of thousands of men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice in serving their country.

By far the largest gathering was at the National War Memorial where estimates put the crowd at more than 80,000 people. Here in the east end, more than 2,500 people gathered at the Orleans Legion Cenotaph on Taylor Creek Road. Hundreds of others attended similar ceremonies in Navan and Cumberland Village.

The size of the crowds, which were the largest in recent memory, is being attributed to the recent deaths of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent both of which occurred in the past month.

The National War Memorial ceremony was also attended by Princess Anne who is in Ottawa for a two day visit to rededicate the Memorial which was erected 75 years ago to commemorate those who perished during the First World War.

The Orleans Legion ceremony followed the same itinerary followed at Remembrance Day ceremonies from St. John’s, Newfoundland to Victoria, B.C.

Two youngsters from the Little Red Day Care Centre approach the Orléans Cenotaph with a wreath made by their fellow day care students. Fred Sherwin/Photo

The proceedings began with the arrival of a number of local dignitaries along with members of the various Armed Forces, the RCMP and the Ottawa Police Service. A joint chorus of the Cumberland Community Singers and the Cross Town Youth Chorus sang the National Anthem followed by the hymn “Abide in Me”, after which the formal proceedings began with scripture readings from local religious representatives and the playing of the “Last Post” before two minutes of silence were observed.

The silence was broken by the playing of the “Lament” by a lone bagpiper and the recital of “The Act of Remembrance” by Royal Canadian Legion Branch 632 president Ken
Green.

Legion member Margo Tremblay read “In Flanders Fields” and then introduced the laying of the wreaths starting with Ottawa-Orleans MP Royal Galipeau who was accompanied
by Senator Thanh Hai Ngo.

Following the laying of the wreaths, the three ministers present gave the benediction and the official part of the ceremony was brought to a close with the singing of “God Save the Queen”.

Once the parade left the grounds in front of the Cenotaph, members of the public were invited to pay their respects, which they did one after another by taking off their poppies and leaving them on the marble base of the statue.

The ceremony in Navan was attended by long-time resident Eric Smith who is the village’s last surviving veteran of the Second World War. Squadron Leader Smith flew more than 30 missions in both World War II and the Korean War and is a recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

He was accompanied to the ceremony by his wife Dinah, his daughter and son-in-law Erin and Bob Zintel, and his granddaughter Sarah Zintel.

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

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