Huge crowd at ceno­taph

Hun­dreds come out to pay their re­spects on Re­mem­brance Day

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The tem­per­a­ture might have been be­low the freez­ing mark, but that didn’t stop hun­dreds of res­i­dents from pay­ing their re­spects at the ceno­taph on Re­mem­brance Day.

The cer­e­mony opened with mas­ter of cer­e­monies Ken Hea­gle recit­ing a pas­sage from For the Fallen by Robert Lawrence Binyon:

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years con­demn. At the go­ing down of the sun and in the morn­ing We will re­mem­ber them.

We will re­mem­ber them.

This was fol­lowed by Fa­ther Kevin Maloney who said dur­ing a cer­e­mony at St. Fran­cis, ev­ery­one was given a poppy, but one man was com­plain­ing how he bought a num­ber of pop­pies but they never stayed on.

“One of the parish­ioners took him aside and said I’d like to share with you a story,” he said.

Maloney said the parish­ioner told the man ev­ery time a poppy falls it is a re­minder for us to re­mem­ber and pray for those women and men who went off to war and never

re­turned. Ev­ery time we are able to re­tain our poppy, we should re­mem­ber those who came home, who are wounded and suf­fered.

“Re­mem­brance Day is a time to re­mem­ber,” said Maloney. “And so we gather to­gether and pray.”

Royal Cana­dian Le­gion pres­i­dent Linda Fisher said, “It’s so won­der­ful to see so many peo­ple on this day of re­mem­brance. When you are down on the ground you don’t see what we see up here. This place is full to ca­pac­ity. And on be­half of the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion Branch 297 I want to thank each and ev­ery one of you for your gen­er­ous do­na­tions to our poppy cam­paign.”

Fisher said the Le­gion re­cently found out there were three home­less vet­er­ans in Corn­wall.

“We will try to do every­thing we can to help them,” she said. “And that’s where your do­na­tions will come in very handy for us to give them the help they need.”

Fisher then read a poem honour­ing the fallen sol­diers and Canada’s vet­er­ans.

“For to­day we will re­mem­ber the ones who fell and died,” she read.

Fisher was fol­lowed by the lay­ing of the wreaths by dig­ni­taries, com­pa­nies and res­i­dents fill­ing the steps lead­ing up to the ceno­taph. Ray­mond Poitras and his young grand­son Lucas Restin­netti-- Poitras laid a wreath in hon­our or Poitras’ fa­ther and un­cle who both served and have since passed on. In ad­di­tion to the poppy, they also wore but­tons with the pic­ture of Lucas’s great-grand­fa­ther and great-un­cle on it.

In his clos­ing re­marks, Hea­gle said he has been mc for these cer­e­monies for a num­ber of years, but did not re­mem­ber a crowd as big as the one that braved the cold on Satur­day to hon­our our fallen sol­diers and vet­er­ans.

And that’s where your do­na­tions will come in very handy for us to give them the help they need.”

Linda Fisher

LOIS ANN BAKER/CORN­WALL STAN­DARD-FREEHOLDER

Al­most 50 wreaths were placed at the ceno­taph on Satur­day.

LOIS ANN BAKER/CORN­WALL STAN­DARD-FREEHOLDER

Lucas Restinetti-Poitras with grand­fa­ther Ray­mond Poitras lays a wreath at the ceno­taph on Satur­day. Poitras hon­ours his fa­ther and un­cle each Re­mem­brance Day.

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