Corn­wall Remembrance Day cer­e­mony, 2018

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CORN­WALL, On­tario – Hun­dreds gath­ered around the Corn­wall Ceno­taph at Le­gion Memo­rial Park on Sun­day, Nov. 11 to honour all past and present ci­ti­zens who have ded­i­cated their lives to serve our coun­try.

The cer­e­mony fea­tured our na­tional an­them, a brief ser­mon, a mo­ment of si­lence, a speech pre­sented by a mem­ber of the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion branch, the read­ing of In Flan­ders Fields and the lay­ing of wreaths at the Ceno­taph.

This year marks 100 years since the sign­ing of the Ar­mistice, which ended the First World War, oth­er­wise known as The War to End All Wars. In honour of this sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone, church bells will ring 100 times at 4:30 p.m. in the city in com­mem­o­ra­tion.

In a speech made by a mem­ber of the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion, the im­por­tance of ac­knowl­edg­ment was em­pha­sized, en­cour­ag­ing ci­ti­zens — es­pe­cially youth — to be aware of what our forces have done for us, to­day, in WWI, WWII and other wars, such as the Korean War and the War in Afghanistan. The speaker also re­minded at­ten­dees that war in­juries can be vis­i­ble and in­vis­i­ble, and af­fect many.

“Un­like those killed in bat­tle in Europe (dur­ing WWI), our re­turned Veter­ans lay in or­di­nary graves for the most part, un­rec­og­nized for the re­mark­able sac­ri­fices that they made,” said the speaker.

“We are hon­our­ing sac­ri­fice and cel­e­brat­ing peace; lest we for­get,” he added.

Clarence Cou­ture of Corn­wall, who was in at­ten­dance at the cer­e­mony, joined the Royal Cana­dian Air Force (RCAF) in 1957 and served un­til 1992; he then worked at the Na­tional De­fense Head­quar­ters.

“I served all over­seas, and all across Canada,” said Cou­ture, who was a tech­ni­cian on mil­i­tary air­craft. His last post­ing was work­ing on he­li­copters in Saint-Gabriel-de-Val­cartier.

“I think we should re­mem­ber…” he said, re­flect­ing on how he joined the ser­vice when he was 19-years-old. “I was think­ing this morn­ing of the thou­sands of young peo­ple who died who were 18, in their 20s and 30s. It just tears your heart out, all those peo­ple dy­ing on the bat­tle­field, call­ing for their moth­ers. It re­ally af­fects me. We need to re­mem­ber.”

(Shawna O’Neill/TC Me­dia).

Clarence Cou­ture at the Corn­wall Remembrance Day cer­e­mony 2018.

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