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