A once-in-a-lifetime event says Southampton Legion President

To the Editor:

With humility and gratitude

I would like to express my most sincere thanks to our team who participated, promoted and supported our remembrance week and particularly the Bells of Peace Parade and Ceremony.

Never before has an event like this graced the streets of Southampton. I cannot reasonably share or express the overwhelming outpouring of emotion, celebration, gratitude, and pride expressed to me in the many emails, calls, and from people stopping me on the street. 

The importance of the media coverage cannot be over emphasized.  It brought people back to Southampton from as far as Niagara and Scarborough. The streets were filled 4 deep in places with residents from Grey Bruce applauding, clapping and a few tears of pride and remembrance. We would appreciate any pictures you may have of the event.

The coordination of 100+ soldiers from C Company Meaford, Vets, Cadets, Fire, Police, First Nations, ALL levels of Government, St Paul’s Anglican Church, Southampton Concert Band, Wiarton Pipe and Drum, Friends of the Flag,3 sets of Bell Ringers, town staff, museum, volunteers, good friends, Legion members, Colour Party, Parade Marshall, and many kind folks could not have been rehearsed.

Yet, on a cold and snowy day, the planning, initiative and selfless giving of time, treasure, real care and reverence by each element produced an outstanding event and tribute to those that served a century ago through to those that serve today. 

An event we can be very proud of, an event that will long live in the hearts and minds of children, spectators and participants.

Thanks to YOUThey Are Remembered.

With my hand to my heart, I cannot express my gratitude enough.

Most Humbly …

John Willetts, President Legion Branch 155

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