Take time to re­mem­ber

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Vanier

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.

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