Mon­u­men­tal ef­fort ap­pre­ci­ated: Le­gion

The Barrie Examiner - - FRONT PAGE - IAN MCINROY im­cin­roy@post­media.com

Down­town Bar­rie streets were packed Satur­day morn­ing as peo­ple paid their re­spects and re­mem­bered.

The an­nual Re­mem­brance Day pa­rade of the Bar­rie Royal Cana­dian Le­gion came to a halt in front of the newly ren­o­vated Me­mo­rial Square ceno­taph, where the play­ing of The Last Post, mov­ing speeches and the sound of the bag pipes made for an emo­tional event.

Kim Muri­son, first vice-pres­i­dent of Royal Cana­dian Le­gion Branch 147, said mem­bers ap­pre­ci­ated the mon­u­men­tal task of mov­ing the ceno­taph to its new lo­ca­tion.

“We’re happy with the city’s plans for Me­mo­rial Square,” she said. “They did a re­mark­able job tidy­ing it up for the cer­e­mony.

“Now it is more open. We ac­tu­ally had more pa­rade space to present the wreaths right in front of the ceno­taph.”

She sug­gested up­wards of 1,200 peo­ple at­tended, in­clud­ing those who were in the pa­rade.

“Lest we for­get, we will re­mem­ber them,” she said of the men and women who have served their coun­try in war and peace­keep­ing tours.

Vet­er­ans con­tinue to make it a point of at­tend­ing Re­mem­brance Day cer­e­monies, Muri­son added.

“We had a 90-year-old Sec­ond World War vet­eran,” she said. “They will con­tinue to come out to the pa­rade un­til they are no longer with us.

“If they have to come with three peo­ple car­ry­ing them, they will come out. It speaks to their spirit.”

KEVIN LAMB/PHOTO

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Scouts Canada pay their re­spects at the ceno­taph at Me­mo­rial Square in down­town Bar­rie on Satur­day dur­ing the Re­mem­brance Day cer­e­mony. For more pho­tos from the ser­vice, see Page A2.

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