Remembrance Day Port Elgin – November 11, 2023

It began as a typical Fall day for the Remembrance Day ceremony in Port Elgin (Saugeen Shores) on November 11, 2023 but those in Bruce County know that the weather can suddenly change.

                                Port Elgin Legion Colour Guard – for larger view Click on Image

Port Elgin Legion Branch 340 Colour Party led the parade with pipers, police, firefighters, cadets, scouts and more falling in behind, to the Cenotaph for the annual wreath laying.

                        Crowds gathered for the ceremony – for larger view, Click on Image

Shortly after the ceremony began, so too, did the snow.

Despite the heavy snowfall, the moving service continued.  Port Elgin Legion Branch Secretary, Norma Dudgeon delivered the branch Remembrance day address and how the poppy worn at the time of Remembrance is a symbol of honour and sacrifice.

Rev. Chuck Beaton

Saugeen Shores Police Chaplain, Pastor David Baker of SouthPort Family Church, followed in the footsteps of retired Chaplain, Rev. Chuck Beaton, as faith leader for the ceremony, and delivered a message of “… hope for a world in turmoil”.  “I am humbled to be part of this and following Rev. Beaton.”

During the two minutes of silence, the crowd stood completely silent as heads were bowed and the snow continued to fall.

Chaplain Baker alluded to Rev. Chuck Beaton who has retired as faith leader of the Remembrance Day ceremony.

No sooner was the laying of the wreaths completed than the snow completely stopped.