Take time to remember
It is the busiest week of the year for Royal Canadian Legions right across the country; one of the institution’s main missions is to “promote Remembrance” by organizing Remembrance ceremonies.
Our local Legions all take this task seriously and many services are orga- nized every year around this time, giving people the opportunity to remember a loved one or just take a moment to feel thankful for the sacrifices made by so many.
The Stanstead Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 5, will hold four public ceremonies, beginning with one at the Stanstead College Memorial Gates,
at 11:00 am, on November 8th. On Saturday, they will host two services. The first will be held at the beautiful Dufferin Heights Cenotaph in Stanstead East, at 11:00 am. The second service begins with the parade from the Legion Hall on Maple Street, which begins at 1:45 pm, arriving at Hackett Park for the Service which begins at 2:00. “Captain Tremblay has confirmed that the Air Cadets Squadron 911 Magog/Orford will take part in our parade,” said David Woodard, the president of this branch. That children’s squadron is supported by the Stanstead Legion. “Every May we present a Legion medal and a financial reward to the best cadet,” said Mr. Woodard. The annual Remembrance Dinner will also be on Saturday at the Legion Hall. Service medals, education bursaries and a financial contribution to the CAB RH Rediker will all be presented during the dinner. On Sunday, November 11th, there will be a service at the Memorial Gates, in the Beebe sector, at 11:00 am.
The Ayer’s Cliff Royal Canadian Legion Branch no. 15 will organize three ceremonies as well as several activities with Ayer’s Cliff Elementary School and Princess Elizabeth Elementary School students. The first ceremony will be at the Magog Cenotaph on Main Street, at 11:00 am on Friday. Students from Princess Elizabeth will take part in this ceremony, presenting poppies, bilingual presentations and poems. The service at the Hatley Cenotaph will take place on Saturday, at 11:00. This will be followed by the Armistice Dinner, being held at 1:00 pm this year at the Ayer’s Cliff Legion Hall, where service pins, badges and education bursaries will be presented.
On Sunday in Ayer’s Cliff, the parade will begin at 11:00 in front of the fairgrounds and end at the Cenotaph where a service will take place. Mayor Alex van Zuiden will be leading his horse, along with Legion member Lorne Waid, during the parade to highlight the participation of the 117th Battalion, from the Eastern Townships, in the First World War. “Horses played a significant part in the First World War,” explained Mrs. Fletcher-Doust. The 22nd Regiment will also take part in the parade as well as, for the first time, a Sureté du Quebec honor guard. A local children’s choir will accompany Charles Prevost Linton, well-known for singing the National anthem at Canadiens hockey games, to sing the National Anthem during the service at the Cenotaph.
Branch no. 15’s president, Susan Fletcher-Doust, will have her baskets of small white crosses for the children to place at both the Hatley and the Ayer’s Cliff ceremonies.
The North Hatley-Waterville Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 242, will hold their service down at the North Hatley Cenotaph on Main Street at 3:00 pm on Sunday. This will be followed by a potluck dinner at the Legion club on Jackson Heights Street, in North Hatley.
The Army, Navy & Air Force Club Unit 318, located in the Borough of Lennoxville, also organizes Remembrance activities every year. “We will be lining up on Speid Street across from the Curling Club, at 11:45 am on Sunday, and marching from there to the Cenotaph at the Town Hall,” said Chester McComb who has been the new president of this club for about a week. “All veterans or members of the ANAF are welcome to take part in the parade with us.” A Remembrance Dinner has also been planned for Saturday evening, November 10th. “That will be a roast beef dinner sponsored by our Ladies Auxiliary,” he added. To buy tickets to this dinner, which usually sells out, it is advisable to reserve ahead by calling Doreen Morrisette at 819 821-2967.