The presence of youth at the Port Williams Remembrance Day observance is good to see.
They are not only in the audience but are involved in the event. The PWES/Glooscap school choir, under the direction of music teacher Jennifer Hiseler, sang A Wish for Peace. Wreaths were laid by youth of the village and by members of the Brownies and Guides. As well, the winning entries from PWES for the Royal Canadian Legion’s poster and poetry contests were part of the after-service display. Congratulations to Rowan Lloyd, who won first place in the junior poetry category.
We are also very fortunate that The Port Williams/Glooscap Elementary Schools choir perform A Wish for Peace at the Port Williams Remembrance Day Observance on Nov. 5. Youth are a significant part of the event, also laying wreaths at the cenotaph and having the PWES winners of the Royal Canadian Legion’s art and poetry contests on display.
volunteers of the NS RCMP Pipes and Drums and the Atlantic Canadian Military History Association return each year to add such stirring music and interesting displays to our event.
Leading the service were Rev. Barbara Bishop, Rev. Liz Johnson
and Cameron Porter (the singing) from the Baptist Church and lay reader Christine Ross from St. John’s Anglican. Members of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 73, Canning, marched on the colours, and members of the Atlantic Canadian Military History
Association provided the vigil. Trumpeter Lindsay Rand played the The Last Post and the Reveille that followed the two minutes of silence while the Pipes and Drums played the Lament. Rev. Johnson read the scriptures, Ms. Ross read the names of the fallen, LCDR Rev. Steven Cochrane led everyone in the Act of Remembrance and Rev. Bishop concluded with a prayer.
Fourteen wreaths were laid: on behalf of veterans, war brides, the federal, provincial and municipal governments, the Village, the Lions Club, the firefighters, the WI, Village youth, Brownies/ Guides, and the Anglican, Baptist and United churches.
Afterwards there were refreshments and displays in the community centre. Each time the association’s display has something different; this year items and re-enactors representing the Russian and Germany military. Additional photos can be viewed in the Village Photo Gallery at portwilliams.com.
The corn chowder/hamburger soup (with dessert) luncheon will be taking place on Nov. 15 from 11:30 a.m.-1p.m. in Lockwood Hall. Cost is $8.