Hundreds gather for Remembrance Day ceremonies in Bay Roberts, Carbonear
Cold November winds kept the flags flying during Remembrance Day ceremonies in Conception Bay North’s two largest communities.
Large crowds surrounded the war memorials in Bay Roberts and Carbonear Saturday morning to acknowledge war’s significant human cost. The weather did not deter residents from coming together to remember those who paid the supreme sacrifice for Canada’s freedoms.
“It’s a cold one, but we are here to honour our soldiers, and we must remember that war never stopped because of the weather,” said Comrade Leslie Forward of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 23 in Carbonear.
The links to those who fought in some of the deadliest battles in human history were evident as people began to lay wreaths.
Children, grandchildren, greatgrandchildren and, in some cases, even great-great-grandchildren stepped forward to honour those who they may only know of through stories shared with them by family members. They honoured veterans who participated in the First and Second World Wars, among others.
“God, we thank you for those that have given the supreme sacrifice,” said Capt. Dwayne LeDrew of the Bay Roberts Salvation Army during his closing benediction. “We thank you for those that are still fighting today.”
In Carbonear, attendees banded together in prayer and song, as wreaths were placed, one after the other, at the foot of the community’s memorial by various representatives of local organizations including churches and schools, as well as members of the local Royal Canadian Legion, the Carbonear town council and the Carbonear branch of the Relic Riders Motorcycle Club.
Veterans and various members of the community marched from the civic centre to the town’s war memorial on Water Street, where hundreds of people stood to listen to several speeches and watch others lay wreaths upon the memorial in honour of those who served Newfoundland in the days before and after Confederation.
Organized by the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 32, the event in Bay Roberts started with a parade going from the Legion on Water Street all the way to the Cenotaph, where the colour parties positioned themselves alongside RCMP officers wearing full Mountie uniforms.
After both ceremonies concluded, members of the public were invited to the local Legion buildings for refreshments.
Parade participants made their way down Water Street in Carbonear towards the community’s war memorial Saturday morning.
Saturday’s ceremony in Carbonear attracted hundreds of participants and spectators.
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 32 president Ross Petten, left, and Comrade Ernie Mugford salute the Cenotaph in Bay Roberts after laying a wreath on behalf of the group.