Re­mem­brance Day re­turns to Ap­ple Hill

The Glengarry News - - News - BY STEVEN WAR­BUR­TON News Staff

For quite some time now, Mar­ius Bauer has wanted to bring the an­nual Re­mem­brance Day cer­e­mony back to Ap­ple Hill.

Late Sun­day morn­ing, his wish came true as lo­cal fire­fight­ers, cadets, Knights of Colum­bus mem­bers and var­i­ous other dig­ni­taries par­tic­i­pated in, what should now be­come, an an­nual event.

“I’m ex­cited about this,” said Mr. Bauer, an ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber of the Alexan­dria Le­gion Branch 423 and or­ga­nizer of the area’s Re­mem­brance Day cer­e­monies. “Young men from Ap­ple Hill fought in Korea and both World Wars, so it’s nice to do this for them.”

He points out that Ap­ple Hill has a ceno­taph and, at one time, even had its own Le­gion branch.

The cer­e­mony wasn’t quite as big as it is larger pop­u­la­tion cen­tres like Alexan­dria and Lan­caster, but there was a re­spect­ful num­ber of peo­ple – many of them clutch­ing um­brel­las to shel­ter them­selves from the rain – who turned out to hon­our the war dead.

The pa­rade to the ceno­taph in­cluded a fire truck from the Ap­ple Hill fire hall and was led by Le­gion Sergeant-at-Arms Lee MacKin­non. The piper was Ap­ple Hill’s own Bai­ley MacDon­ald, 19, a mem­ber of the Glen­garry Pipe Band.

The cer­e­mony in­cluded the tra­di­tional recita­tion of the Act of Re­mem­brance, the lay­ing of wreaths, and speeches by a num­ber of politi­cians and Le­gion mem­bers.

Le­gion mem­ber Dave Hrynkiw re­minded the crowd that peace with­out free­dom is noth­ing but slav­ery while North Glen­garry Coun­cil­lor Jeff Man­ley spoke about the im­por­tance of remembering the sac­ri­fices sol­diers have made.

He told the story of Cana­dian singer/song­writer Terry Kelly, who wrote the song A Pit­tance of Time af­ter an en­counter in a Shop­pers Drug Mart on Re­mem­brance Day of 1999.

The store was ob­serv­ing two min­utes of si­lence and one man started com­plain­ing be­cause the staff was not help­ing him dur­ing that pe­riod.

Mr. Man­ley urged every­one to take two min­utes on this day and to teach chil­dren about why Re­mem­brance Day is so spe­cial.


PIP­ING IN THE PA­RADE: Ap­ple Hill res­i­dent Bai­ley MacDon­ald piped in the Re­mem­brance Day pa­rade on Sun­day.

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