Trib­ute to the fallen

Teeter­ville Le­gion holds Re­mem­brance ser­vice

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TEETER­VILLE — A pa­rade marched from the cen­tre of Teeter­ville on Sun­day to a large crowd wait­ing at The Wag­ner Me­mo­rial, Le­gion Branch 526 for a Re­mem­brance Ser­vice.

“We are here to hon­our those brave men and women who fought for our free­dom and way of life,” said Le­gion mem­ber Jim Dil­lon in his words of wel­come.

Among those who served are Cpl. Harry Wag­ner, Pte. Ivan Wag­ner and Pte. Howard Wag­ner, three Teeter­ville broth­ers who died in com­bat in Europe between July 18, 1944 and Jan. 31, 1945.

The Cana­dian Armed Forces de­ferred the ser­vice of a fourth brother, the late Jack Wag­ner, due to the heavy price his fam­ily had paid in the Sec­ond World War.

The Wag­ner name was added when Le­gion Branch 526 was reded­i­cated to hon­our the me­mory of the fallen broth­ers.

“We’re all here for many rea­sons – fam­ily, fam­ily his­tory, pride, sad­ness, pa­tri­o­tism, re­spect for uni­form,” said Haldimand-nor­folk MPP Toby Bar­rett.

In the Sec­ond World War, he said, “Canada proved to the world we not only know how to fight, but how to win.”

Spe­cial men­tion was made dur­ing the ser­vice of the First World War cen­te­nary. Nov. 11 will mark the 100th an­niver­sary of Ar­mistice Day.

Chap­lain Jan­ice Pow in­vited ev­ery­one to the Kelvin, Teeter­ville, Vanessa (KTV) United Church, where she is min­is­ter, for a Re­mem­brance Day Ser­vice on Nov. 11 that will in­clude the ring­ing of the church bell 100 times in hon­our of the end of the Great War.

Sun­day’s pa­rade was led by Branch 163 Hamil­ton Pipes and Drums, headed by Pipe Ma­jor Bob Spol­nik; and All Le­gion Colour Par­ties.

Mem­bers of the 56th Field Ar­tillery Reg­i­ment stood near the Le­gion ceno­taph, fir­ing their ri­fles three times in the di­rec­tion of the Teeter­ville Pond.

Shane Floyd, great-grand­son of Sil­ver Cross Mother Nora Wag­ner, was the first to place a wreath at the me­mo­rial. Other wreaths were pre­sented on be­half of the Gov­ern­ment of Canada, Prov­ince of On­tario, Nor­folk County, Le­gion Zone B1, the Wag­ner broth­ers, Le­gion Branch 526, the Teeter­ville Fire De­part­ment, the Grand Erie El­e­men­tary Teach­ers’ Fed­er­a­tion, the Re­tired Teach­ers of On­tario, and many lo­cal fam­i­lies.

The Last Post was played by Pam Lorimer and In Flan­ders Field read by Teeter­ville stu­dent and lo­cal cadet Nolan Hovius.

Af­ter the cer­e­mony, at­ten­dees were in­vited into the Le­gion for a sand­wich and soup lunch.

The Wag­ner Me­mo­rial Branch 526 had its orig­i­nal char­ter signed in 1951. The Teeter­ville Le­gion was or­ga­nized by eight mem­bers of the Teeter­ville Vet­er­ans As­so­ci­a­tion.

Post­media News Photo

Mem­bers of the 56th Field Ar­tillery Reg­i­ment in Brant­ford stand be­hind a group of wreaths that were placed on the ceno­taph Sun­day at a Re­mem­brance ser­vice in Teeter­ville.

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