‘To­day is our day to stand on guard for them’

Kings County crowds brave chilly tem­per­a­tures to at­tend Kentville ser­vice

Valley Journal Advertiser - - NEWS - BY SARAH EHLER SPE­CIAL TO KINGSCOUNTYNEWS.CA

A tough crowd braved the cold and the bit­ter winds at Kentville Me­mo­rial Park on Nov. 11 to re­mem­ber those who fought for our free­dom at its an­nual Re­mem­brance Day Ser­vice.

As the pa­rade of le­gion mem­bers, vet­er­ans, RCMP and cadets, as well as many oth­ers, marched down Park Street led by a po­lice es­cort, peo­ple turned to watch and clap.

“To­day is our day to stand on guard for them. To thank them for their ser­vice,” said Kentville Mayor San­dra Snow in her of­fi­cial re­marks, speak­ing of all those who have died in the line of duty and those who con­tinue to serve our coun­try.

Kings County Deputy Mayor Emily Lutz also spoke about her great- grand­fa­ther who fought in the Sec­ond World War. She added that it was very im­por­tant to bring our chil­dren to these events so they can learn how for­tu­nate Cana­di­ans are as a na­tion.

A warm sun shone on the ser­vice, help­ing to de­flect the chill, as Kentville le­gion past-pres­i­dent Paul Gour­ley in­vited cit­i­zens and busi­ness rep­re­sen­ta­tives to lay wreaths at the ceno­taph. He­len Baltzer was first to lay a wreath, rep­re­sent­ing Sil­ver Cross Mothers.

SARAH EHLER

Mayor San­dra Snow de­liv­ers re­marks dur­ing the Kentville cer­e­mony.

SARAH EHLER

A cadet bows her head as wreaths are laid at the Kentville ceno­taph.

SARAH EHLER

The sil­ver cross mother’s wreath was laid by He­len Baltzer.

SARAH EHLER

Clad in snow­suits, chil­dren lay wreaths at the base of the Kentville ceno­taph.

SARAH EHLER

Le­gion mem­bers march to the ceno­taph.

SARAH EHLER

Af­ter the ser­vice, many peo­ple placed their pop­pies at the ceno­taph in re­mem­brance.

SARAH EHLER

A le­gion mem­ber salutes the ceno­taph.

SARAH EHLER

Hun­dreds at­tended the ser­vice in Kentville.

SARAH EHLER

Max­ine Bezan­son plays the last post.

SARAH EHLER

Le­gion mem­bers watch the ser­vice.

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