Hun­dreds gather for Re­mem­brance Day cer­e­monies in Bay Roberts, Car­bon­ear

The Compass - - Front Page - BY CHRIS LEWIS AND AN­DREW ROBIN­SON

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.

CHRIS LEWIS/THE COM­PASS

Pa­rade par­tic­i­pants made their way down Wa­ter Street in Car­bon­ear to­wards the com­mu­nity’s war memo­rial Sat­ur­day morn­ing.

CHRIS LEWIS/THE COM­PASS

Sat­ur­day’s cer­e­mony in Car­bon­ear at­tracted hun­dreds of par­tic­i­pants and spec­ta­tors.

AN­DREW ROBIN­SON/THE COM­PASS

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.

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