Remembrance Day returns to Apple Hill
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.