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Lynda Roberts

Branch 142, Dunnville

28 October 2013 - Issue #41

Veterans Memorial Dedication Ceremony

Despite the inclement weather, our Veterans’ Memorial Dedication Ceremony on Saturday, October 26th was well attended by visiting dignitaries, townsfolk, cadets and of course, our Legion members and veterans.

  The marching-on of the colours led by Col. Charlie King set the scene for the ceremony in the upper banquet hall where all present could remain dry and warm unlike our heroes who fought for us knee deep in mud in the trenches of war-torn battlefields and for whom this memorial is dedicated.

An opening prayer was given by Legion Padre, Father Paul Sherwood, followed by the Anthem, a scripture reading and a Prayer of Dedication.  The heart-rending trumpet sounds of The Last Post with a two minutes silence, The Lament played on the bagpipes by Col. King then ending with Rouse all stirring the emotions of the occasion.  You could hear a pin drop.

President Garry Frost recited the Act of Remembrance with his usual aplomb and invited Ladies’ Auxiliary President Marjorie Craig to place the wreath for both the Legion and Auxiliary. 

We were honoured to have been awarded this restoration opportunity with the assistance of Veterans’ Affairs Canada and with the presence of MP Diane Finley who brought greetings and accolades from The Honourable Julian Fantino.   She was followed by MPP Toby Barrett, our District Zone Commander Hank Nikitczuk, Mayor Ken Hewitt and Chamber of Commerce President, Marlene McKay.  I am sure our newly restored memorial is one of the finest in Canada and it could not have been done without the in-house teamwork of a design committee who brought in John Lane Construction, Granite Innovations, Patriot Flags with iron work by Dennis Jones. 

Father Paul Sherwood and President Garry Frost weathered the storm to bestow the final blessing.  
Please wear a poppy.  Lest We Forget.

Lynda Roberts, lynda.roberts243@gmail.com  
Public Relations Officer  
Branch 142, Dunnville