‘Today is our day to stand on guard for them’
Kings County crowds brave chilly temperatures to attend Kentville service
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.
Mayor Sandra Snow delivers remarks during the Kentville ceremony.
A cadet bows her head as wreaths are laid at the Kentville cenotaph.
The silver cross mother’s wreath was laid by Helen Baltzer.
Clad in snowsuits, children lay wreaths at the base of the Kentville cenotaph.
Legion members march to the cenotaph.
After the service, many people placed their poppies at the cenotaph in remembrance.
A legion member salutes the cenotaph.
Hundreds attended the service in Kentville.
Maxine Bezanson plays the last post.
Legion members watch the service.