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(Updated 11:30 a.m., Nov. 12)
Hundreds gather at Orléans Cenotaph to honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice

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 Saturday's chilly weather to honour Canada's fallen war heroes during the Remembrance Day ceremony at the Orléans Legion.

Between 1,500 and 2,000 people 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”..

A reading of Scripture led 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 a pair of CF-18s flew over the parade grounds.

Following a recitation of “In Flanders Fields” in both official languages, a list was read of the Legion members who have passed away since last year's ceremony. They included Ray St. Louis, William Briggs, Bill Cook, Oscar Leger, William Marley and past-President Jim Ferguson.

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.

Orléans MPP Andrew Leslie lays a wreath at the Orléans Legion Cenotaph on behalf of the Government of Canada. Fred Sherwin/Photo

The former Lieutentant-General had nothing but praise for the hundreds of people who braved the chilly conditions to pay honour to Canada's veterans both past and present.

“It never fails to strike me every single year, the outpouring of affection, support and love that comes from the Canadian population that line the streets and attend the various ceremonies like this one her in Orléans... it's remarkable and very touching. And the numbers are growing every year," said Leslie who made a special visit to the National Military Cemetery in the morning to pay his respects to some of the men and women who died under his command, as well as those he served with and have since passed.

"I've been going there every year at sunrise since I retired and I have a couple of conversations with some old friends. It's a way to reconnect and to take a moment to remember and to reflect."

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 Legion's Ladies' Auxiliary.

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

 

 

   
   

 


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