Port Elgin Remembrance Day 2015
by Tiffany Wilson

November 11, 2015


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Lest we Forget

On parade to the Cenotaph ....

 (L) Representing the Town of Saugeen Shores is Councilor Neil Menage and for Bruce County Deputy Mayor Luke Charbonneau

There are moments of every day that we are reminded of the generations of heroic men and women in uniform, but today, November 11th, we all together ... remember.

 The Cenotaph in Port Elgin on Nov. 11, just before the ceremony

Hundreds of students and community members gathered at the Cenotaph in Port Elgin to honour the brave Canadian men and women who have fought for our freedom and for those who continue to fight.

A parade, led by Royal Canadian Legion Branch 340 Colour Guard, marched down Goderich Street to the Cenotaph with music played by the Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band.

“Today we honour generations of brave Canadian men and women in uniform who have fought to defend our country and to protect the values of freedom, democracy and human rights," said Legion member Norma Dudgeon as she welcomed the crowd to the Remembrance Day ceremony. “Our soldiers have always stood ready to defend our country and it is with great sadness that we remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice with their lives… It is important for all of us to remember not only today, but every day that our soldiers fought to preserve our way of life.”

Chaplain Rev. Chuck Beaton

 Before inviting Legion Chaplain Chuck Beaton to lead in prayer, Dudgeon concluded, “To all of our veterans here today, young and old alike, we humbly say thank you. Your courage, sacrifice and service will never be forgotten, this is our pledge to you.”

Throughout the ceremony, Erin Milley-Patey led the crowd in a lovely rendition of O’ Canada and God Save the Queen. Sierra Evans played the Last Post.

Sierra Evans playing the Last Post

 (L) Placing the wreath on behalf of Northport Elementary School are students Rebecca Schropp and Mya Kinden. On behalf of Ecole Port Elgin Saugeen Central School, Cheyanne Woods and Trent Serris placed the wreath

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Silver Cross Mother is WWII Veteran Yvonne Inkster with son and grandson ... in memoryof an unknown soldier Naval Cadet John Bray placed the wreath

(L) Representing Lisa Thompson MPP Huron Bruce is Lillian Hornsby and representing Federal MP Ben Lobb Huron Bruce is Comrade Mike Atkinson.

Great Granddaughter and grandson of Winford Root place and wreath (L) and Granddaughter Mary Galliher places a wreath in memory of Veteran Reg Turner

As the ceremony concluded, the Sergeant-at-Arms marched off the Colour Party, while those in attendance applauded.

Many went back to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 340 for refreshments and some reminiscing.

Lest we Forget

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