Hon­our­ing our he­roes

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On a cold but sunny Satur­day, more than a thou­sand Brockville res­i­dents, vet­er­ans and dig­ni­taries gath­ered to re­mem­ber.

It was a solemn and dig­ni­fied Re­mem­brance Day ser­vice.

The wreath bear­ers, many of them el­derly in­clud­ing one in a walker, made the slow march from city hall to the ceno­taph at Court House Av­enue.

The Brockville Ri­fles, the pipe band and cadet corps stepped more lively.

Amid prayers, the singing of O Canada and God Save the Queen, the read­ing of In Flan­ders Fields and For the Fallen, and the Last Post, the wreath bear­ers walked one by one to the cen­to­taph to hon­our the fallen.

Dozens of other wreaths were placed be­fore Satur­day’s cer­e­mony by in­di­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies in mem­ory of their an­ces­tors.

The Sec­ond World War vet­er­ans at the cer­e­mony were few.

Of the one mil­lion Cana­di­ans who marched off to war dur­ing 1939-45, only 62,300 were still alive in 2016, ac­cord­ing to the Vet­er­ans Af­fairs Canada, and their num­bers have been de­clin­ing fast since then. The av­er­age age of a Sec­ond World War vet­eran is now 93.

Com­mu­ni­ties across the area paused to re­mem­ber those who gave the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice, and to hon­our those who came home with the hor­rors of war singed in their mem­o­ries.

KERRI BAR­LOW/THE RECORDER AND TIMES

Cadets lay wreaths at the ceno­taph in Mal­lo­ry­town.

WAYNE LOWRIE/THE RECORDER AND TIMES

Hun­dreds gather at Brockville’s ceno­taph on Satur­day.

WAYNE LOWRIE/THE RECORDER AND TIMES

Wreath bear­ers and dig­ni­taries line up at the ceno­taph in Brockville.

WAYNE LOWRIE/THE RECORDER AND TIMES

Brockville’s Re­mem­brance Day pa­rade marches down King Street.

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