Tribute to the fallen
Teeterville Legion holds Remembrance service
TEETERVILLE — A parade marched from the centre of Teeterville on Sunday to a large crowd waiting at The Wagner Memorial, Legion Branch 526 for a Remembrance Service.
“We are here to honour those brave men and women who fought for our freedom and way of life,” said Legion member Jim Dillon in his words of welcome.
Among those who served are Cpl. Harry Wagner, Pte. Ivan Wagner and Pte. Howard Wagner, three Teeterville brothers who died in combat in Europe between July 18, 1944 and Jan. 31, 1945.
The Canadian Armed Forces deferred the service of a fourth brother, the late Jack Wagner, due to the heavy price his family had paid in the Second World War.
The Wagner name was added when Legion Branch 526 was rededicated to honour the memory of the fallen brothers.
“We’re all here for many reasons – family, family history, pride, sadness, patriotism, respect for uniform,” said Haldimand-norfolk MPP Toby Barrett.
In the Second World War, he said, “Canada proved to the world we not only know how to fight, but how to win.”
Special mention was made during the service of the First World War centenary. Nov. 11 will mark the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day.
Chaplain Janice Pow invited everyone to the Kelvin, Teeterville, Vanessa (KTV) United Church, where she is minister, for a Remembrance Day Service on Nov. 11 that will include the ringing of the church bell 100 times in honour of the end of the Great War.
Sunday’s parade was led by Branch 163 Hamilton Pipes and Drums, headed by Pipe Major Bob Spolnik; and All Legion Colour Parties.
Members of the 56th Field Artillery Regiment stood near the Legion cenotaph, firing their rifles three times in the direction of the Teeterville Pond.
Shane Floyd, great-grandson of Silver Cross Mother Nora Wagner, was the first to place a wreath at the memorial. Other wreaths were presented on behalf of the Government of Canada, Province of Ontario, Norfolk County, Legion Zone B1, the Wagner brothers, Legion Branch 526, the Teeterville Fire Department, the Grand Erie Elementary Teachers’ Federation, the Retired Teachers of Ontario, and many local families.
The Last Post was played by Pam Lorimer and In Flanders Field read by Teeterville student and local cadet Nolan Hovius.
After the ceremony, attendees were invited into the Legion for a sandwich and soup lunch.
The Wagner Memorial Branch 526 had its original charter signed in 1951. The Teeterville Legion was organized by eight members of the Teeterville Veterans Association.
Members of the 56th Field Artillery Regiment in Brantford stand behind a group of wreaths that were placed on the cenotaph Sunday at a Remembrance service in Teeterville.