‘To see this many peo­ple just makes your heart grow’

Hun­dreds gather in Windsor to hon­our those who served de­spite chilly tem­per­a­tures

Valley Journal Advertiser - - NEWS - BY COLIN CHISHOLM WWW.HANTSJOURNAL.CA Colin.Chisholm@hantsjournal.ca

The chilly wind whipped through the large crowd gath­ered at the Re­mem­brance Day cer­e­mony in Windsor on Nov. 11, with a tem­per­a­tures dip­ping be­low zero, but that didn’t stop peo­ple from com­ing out to show their re­spects.

Or­ga­niz­ers of the cer­e­mony said they were blown away by the num­ber of peo­ple who at­tended, adding that it’s a sign that the next gen­er­a­tion won’t for­get the sac­ri­fices of cur­rent and past ser­vice mem­bers of the Cana­dian Armed Forces.

Veteran Leonard New­land said he was ‘out of this world’ with grat­i­tude for the peo­ple that came out to the Re­mem­brance Day cer­e­mony.

“I’m amazed how many peo­ple ar­rive here every year, es­pe­cially this year,” New­land said. “They come from all over too, which is great. I think this is one of the big­gest crowds I’ve seen. To see this many peo­ple just makes your heart grow.”

He was amazed to see so many peo­ple take part, be it lay­ing wreaths or pop­pies at the mon­u­ment at the cen­tre of Vic­to­ria Park.

“Even the lit­tle ones are up there, it’s so nice to see,” he said. “It shows that the par­ents are teach­ing their chil­dren the im­por­tance of the pop­pies and what it stands for.”

New­land served in the Royal Cana­dian Navy for 27 years and has been a mem­ber of the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion for 28 years. He laid a wreath dur­ing the cer­e­mony on be­half of the Prov­ince of Nova Sco­tia.

“I’m 90 years old now, and I can’t do the long pa­rades, but I sure en­joy these cer­e­monies,” he said. “My fa­ther was in the First World War, my brother flew a bomber in the Sec­ond World War and was killed 11 days be­fore the end of the war, and I joined the navy as young as I could get in.”

Veteran watch­ing

Eliz­a­beth Robert­son Led­bury, 91, who was born in Windsor, at­tended the cer­e­mony bun­dled up in blan­kets, sit­ting in a wheel­chair.

But dur­ing the singing of O’ Canada and God Save The Queen, she in­sisted on stand­ing.

Her daugh­ter, Brenda SpenceMa­cleod of New Glas­gow, said it was im­por­tant to bring her to Windsor for the day’s event.

“She signed up when she was 17, she served most of her time in Hal­i­fax, but this is where she grew up,” she said. “Com­ing to these cer­e­monies is ev­ery­thing to her. Her fa­ther served and was wounded at Vimy, her un­cle served and died, so it’s a very im­por­tant thing for her to be here.”

Happy to be there

Stacey Atwell, of Windsor, said she was happy to make it out to the cer­e­mony in per­son, with her fam­ily lay­ing two wreaths dur­ing the cer­e­mony.

“It’s a small part that we can do, brave the cold of to­day and hon­our those that have died for us, es­pe­cially with the crazy state of the world to­day,” she said. “Peo­ple are con­tin­u­ing to go over and fight these wars so we can be safe here.”

Her daugh­ter laid a wreath on be­half of her nurs­ery school, and her hus­band laid a wreath on be­half of his union.

“That’s some­thing we haven’t done in the past, but had wanted to,” she said. “This huge crowd is just amaz­ing to see. I’ve been to many of these be­fore as a cadet, and never have I seen a turnout like this.”

COLIN CHISHOLM

Vet­er­ans, serv­ing mem­bers of the Cana­dian Armed Forces, RCMP, fire­fight­ers, cadets and oth­ers march to­wards Vic­to­ria Park dur­ing the Re­mem­brance Day cer­e­mony in Windsor.

COLIN CHISHOLM

Sec­ond World War veteran Paul Wile lays the wreath on be­half of MP Scott Bri­son and the govern­ment of Canada.

COLIN CHISHOLM

Mem­bers of the King’s-Edge­hill School 254 Cadet Corp marched to Vic­to­ria Park lead­ing up to the Re­mem­brance Day cer­e­mony.

COLIN CHISHOLM

Veteran Leonard New­land lays the wreath on be­half of MLA Chuck Porter and the govern­ment of Nova Sco­tia.

COLIN CHISHOLM

Eliz­a­beth Robert­son Led­bury, 91, who served dur­ing the Sec­ond World War in Hal­i­fax and was born in Windsor, watches the cer­e­mony with her daugh­ter Brenda Spence-Ma­cleod from New Glas­gow.

COLIN CHISHOLM

Peo­ple of all ages helped out at the cer­e­mony, lay­ing wreaths and pop­pies.

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