Monumental effort appreciated: Legion
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.”
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.