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
of area residents braved Saturday's chilly weather to honour
Canada's fallen war heroes during the Remembrance Day ceremony
at the Orléans Legion.
residents who attended Friday's Remembrance
Day ceremony at the Orléans Legion took time
to leave their poppies at the foot of cenotaph.
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.
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
reading of Scripture led up to the playing of the Last
Post. Two minutes of silence was then observed followed
by the pipers Lament and The Rouse
during which a pair of CF-18s flew over the parade grounds.
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.
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.
MPP Andrew Leslie lays a wreath at the Orléans
Legion Cenotaph on behalf of the Government
of Canada. Fred Sherwin/Photo
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.
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
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."
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.
open reception followed in the Legion with hundreds of
sandwiches supplied by members of the Legion's Ladies'
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)