Le­gions hop­ing for large turnouts Sun­day

The Daily Press (Timmins) - - FRONT PAGE - RON GRECH

This Sun­day will mark 100 years since the end of the First World War.

And with it also be­ing Re­mem­brance Day, mem­bers of the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion in Tim­mins and South Por­cu­pine are hop­ing for a large turnout to their re­spec­tive cer­e­monies.

Bill Pi­geon, pres­i­dent of Royal Cana­dian Le­gion Branch 88 in Tim­mins, said it is not too of­ten Re­mem­brance Day falls on a Sun­day. With most peo­ple not work­ing that day, he’s hop­ing peo­ple can spare a half hour or 45 min­utes to at­tend the cer­e­mony.

The events in Tim­mins and South Por­cu­pine will see Le­gion mem­bers joined by rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Al­go­nquin Reg­i­ment, lo­cal cadets along with po­lice, fire­fight­ers and am­bu­lance ser­vice per­son­nel as they march to their re­spec­tive ceno­taphs.

Pi­geon said the pa­rade par­tic­i­pants will march from the Tim­mins Ar­moury begin­ning at around 10:40.

They will pa­rade along Al­go­nquin Boule­vard to Hollinger Park where the ceno­taph is lo­cated. The marchers will be ac­com­pa­nied by po­lice es­cort.

As al­ways, Re­mem­brance Day ser­vices will for­mally be­gin at 11 a.m.

“An­drea Vil­leneuve, the first-vice for Branch 88 and the sergeant at arms, will be the mas­ter of cer­e­monies,” said Pi­geon.

A bu­gler will be play The Last Post; Dea­con Ja­cob Gre­gor­cic will serve as the padre and of­fer some words; there will be a mo­ment of si­lence in hon­our of those who served, and any speeches will be fol­lowed by the lay­ing of the wreathes.

Pi­geon ex­pects about 150 wreathes to be laid at the base of the ceno­taph in Hollinger Park dur­ing Sun­day’s cer­e­mony.

He said typ­i­cally the Re­mem­brance Day cer­e­mony held at Hollinger Park draws any­where from 500 to 600 peo­ple but that can vary with the weather.

In South Por­cu­pine, the ceno­taph is lo­cated in that com­mu­nity in front of Le­gion Branch 287 lo­cated on Le­gion Drive.

Jim An­drews, branch poppy chair­man for Branch 287, said Le­gion mem­bers and oth­ers par­tic­i­pat­ing in the pro­ces­sion will march from the hall begin­ning at around 10:40 a.m.

The pro­ces­sion will head south on Le­gion Drive, east on Golden Av­enue, north on Moore and then west on Bruce Av­enue to the Le­gion hall.

They will be ac­com­pa­nied by po­lice es­cort.

“We usu­ally have a de­cent turnout, es­pe­cially if the weather is co­op­er­a­tive,” said An­drews.

He said the Le­gion mem­bers al­ways ap­pre­ci­ate see­ing the pub­lic come out in large num­bers to pay their re­spects on Re­mem­brance Day.

The ser­vice, once it be­gins at 11 a.m., gen­er­ally lasts about half an hour, said An­drews.

As part of the cer­e­mony in South Por­cu­pine, more than 40 wreathes will be laid at the base of the ceno­taph in front of the Le­gion hall, said An­drews.

Af­ter the out­door por­tion of the cer­e­mony is com­pleted, there will be a me­mo­rial ser­vice held up­stairs in the hall.

An­drews said the pub­lic is welcome to at­tend that ser­vice as well.

RON GRECH/THE DAILY PRESS

Bill Pi­geon, pres­i­dent of Royal Cana­dian Le­gion Branch 88 in Tim­mins, was ex­tremely busy Thurs­day mak­ing prepa­ra­tions for this Sun­day’s Re­mem­brance Day cer­e­monies in Tim­mins. As al­ways, there will be two cer­e­monies held in Tim­mins — one at the ceno­taph in Hollinger Park, and the other in South Por­cu­pine in front of the Branch 287 Le­gion hall. This Sun­day’s cer­e­mony is a sig­nif­i­cant in that it falls on the 100th an­niver­sary of ar­mistice.

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