Huge crowd at cenotaph
Hundreds come out to pay their respects on Remembrance Day
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.”
Almost 50 wreaths were placed at the cenotaph on Saturday.
Lucas Restinetti-Poitras with grandfather Raymond Poitras lays a wreath at the cenotaph on Saturday. Poitras honours his father and uncle each Remembrance Day.