Shar­ing let­ters from the front

War-time notes re­flected dur­ing Re­mem­brance Day gath­er­ing

The Amherst News - - CUMBERLAND COUNTY - Mar­ian Durl­ing Mar­ian Durl­ing writes for the Mala­gash area for the Amherst News.

Re­mem­brance Day cer­e­monies were once again held in Mala­gash on Sun­day, Nov. 11. Rev. Connie McNa­mara of­fi­ci­ated to a very large con­gre­ga­tion. Her mes­sage con­cerned let­ters from three dif­fer­ent en­lis­tees from our North Shore com­mu­ni­ties.

The first one was mailed to a friend in Westch­ester in 1916, the sec­ond in 1917 from a Dr. Mur­ray to his wife in Tata­m­agouche and the third was writ­ten on Nov. 11, 1918.

It was a let­ter to a mother in Wal­lace from a son who was telling her about the cel­e­bra­tions in Bel­gium on the very spe­cial day.

So very in­ter­est­ing for us all to hear. The ser­vice ended at the church with a very lively hymn “Mine Eyes Have Seen the Com­ing of the Lord.”

Fol­low­ing the church ser­vice the con­gre­ga­tion and many oth­ers as­sem­bled at our beau­ti­ful ceno­taph where at 11 a.m. two min­utes of si­lence was ob­served and the Roll of Honour was read by Com­rade

Russ Durl­ing, who also presided over the lay­ing of the wreaths.

Those lay­ing wreaths were es­corted by Sergeant at Arms Com­rade Bruce Publi­cover and Cpl. John Mark Cas­sica of the Royal Cana­dian Navy.

Brenda Pir­rie laid the first wreath on be­half of all the moth­ers who lost sons or daugh­ters in com­bat. The govern­ment of Canada wreath was laid by Com­rade Robert Dob­son. The pro­vin­cial wreath was laid by Ge­orge LaFrank on be­half of El­iz­a­beth Smith-McCrossin, MLA, who was do­ing duty in Wal­lace.

The wreath for the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Cum­ber­land was laid by Coun. Lynne Wel­ton.

Ev­ery year a wreath, do­nated by Ian Mac­Don­ald, is laid by a stu­dent of Wal­lace Ele­men­tary School and this year it was laid by Nikkita Polches of Mala­gash. She is a Grade 5 stu­dent at the school.

Jan­nie and Peter Berke­laar once again laid a wreath in honour of those who died lib­er­at­ing the peo­ple of Hol­land dur­ing the Sec­ond World War. Clarence Dug­gan laid a wreath in mem­ory of all those lo­cal cit­i­zens in­volved in the Coastal Watch Pro­gram dur­ing the Sec­ond World War, who gave freely of their time to keep our coast­line se­cure. A to­tal of 22 other wreaths were laid in mem­ory of fam­ily mem­bers.

The day was sunny, but very cold and the wind sure left a lot of us shiv­er­ing but it turned out to be one of the largest gath­er­ings we have had for a long time.

Some very young peo­ple were in at­ten­dance and it was a plea­sure to watch them lay their in­di­vid­ual pop­pies at the con­clu­sion of the cer­e­mony. It was won­der­ful to see var­i­ous mem­bers of the Cana­dian Armed Forces there in uni­form, in­clud­ing Mas­ter Cpl Chanel Halver­son, of the 22nd Bat­tal­ionRoyal Cana­dian Reg­i­ment, Oro­mocto, N.B., who laid a wreath in mem­ory of her great-grand­fa­ther.

Cpl. Mike Sea­man and his fam­ily were present. A large group of vol­un­teer fire­men were rep­re­sented and helped form a guard of honour for peo­ple en­ter­ing the church.

Fol­low­ing the ser­vice, a lot of those present gath­ered at the le­gion for chili, stews and soups which were very wel­come and helped warm us up.

In the evening a din­ner was held at the Mala­gash Com­mu­nity Hall for veter­ans and friends. Dur­ing the meal, years of ser­vice pins were pre­sented to sev­eral mem­bers. It was a de­light­ful end­ing to a most mem­o­rable day.

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The an­nual Christ­mas Craft and Tea was re­cently held in the com­mu­nity hall with sev­eral crafters dis­play­ing their tal­ents. Jost Win­ery also held its an­nual Christ­mas craft sale. The win­ery was very busy with many peo­ple tak­ing ad­van­tage of the sales on the pa­tio and in the win­ery. There was a quar­tet dressed in pe­riod cos­tume en­ter­tain­ing those gath­ered with Christ­mas songs. It was a nice added touch to a won­der­ful af­ter­noon.

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It doesn’t seem pos­si­ble that Christ­mas is next month! Stores are start­ing to get very busy and it will only get busier! Now I am cer­tainly not a Grinch but crowds are not my favourite thing! So as we head to­wards the won­der­ful sea­son, be kind to one an­other.

Acts of love and kind­ness never die, but in the lives of oth­ers, mul­ti­ply!

Have a good week, ev­ery­one, and stay safe.

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