6:30 p.m., Nov. 12)
attend east end Remembrance Day ceremonies
By Fred Sherwin
than 2,500 people attended Remembrance Day
ceremonies at the Orléans Legion today
under a brilliant blue sky and warm temperatures.
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
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
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.
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.
Orleans Legion ceremony followed the same itinerary followed
at Remembrance Day ceremonies from St. Johns, Newfoundland
to Victoria, B.C.
youngsters from the Little Red Day Care Centre
approach the Orléans Cenotaph with
a wreath made by their fellow day care students.
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.
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
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.
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 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.
ceremony in Navan was attended by long-time resident Eric
Smith who is the villages 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.
was accompanied to the ceremony by his wife Dinah, his
daughter and son-in-law Erin and Bob Zintel, and his granddaughter
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)
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