Norwood remembers the fallen
Remembrance ceremony held at cenotaphs in area
At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in the year 1918, the guns fell silent to end the Great War. Each year we set aside this date to remember and honour the bravery and sacrifices made by the thousands of men and women who have served and paid the ultimate price in the fight for righteousness and freedom. Many also honour, and rightfully so, the immeasurable contributions made by the many service animals, horses, dogs and even pigeons in the fight against evil and tyranny.
A bite in the air and the occasional snowflake set an appropriately sombre atmosphere for Asphodel Norwood’s remembrance ceremonies on Monday as we joined with the rest of the nation in honouring fallen heroes. A good crowd gathered at the Norwood cenotaph for the poignant ceremony and the laying of wreaths, including several classes from the local schools, representatives of the various organizations and businesses and the general public.
Also taking part was the
Rogues of Northumberland military band and a contingent of troops from 8-Wing Squadron at CFB Trenton. Following the Norwood ceremony the public was invited back to a reception at the Legion. Ceremonies were held earlier in the day at the Westwood Cenotaph with attendees invited into the Westwood Library for refreshments following the service.
Just before Remembrance Day, members of Havelock Scouting along with their leaders visited the Norwood Legion’s Military Museum. Museum creator Rob Gordon and curator Rob Howat guided the children through the hundreds of artifacts, sharing not only the history of the pieces but also impressing on the youngsters the important message that they represent.
The kids spent about an hour touring the museum and remained captivated by the displays and stories throughout the tour.
It is so important to teach this history to our children so as they grow older they will respect and understand the sacrifices that were made for them to enjoy the freedoms and quality of life that we all have the opportunity to enjoy today.
The Norwood Legion Military Museum, created under Gordon’s guidance in 2012, is dedicated to preserving and sharing the history of the lives and events that earned us those freedoms, with a special focus on the contributions and sacrifices made by the residents of Asphodel-Norwood and area. Many of its exhibits came from local soldiers who donated them to the Legion when they returned home from overseas. Over the past few years the collection has continued to grow with donations coming from families of veterans who are sadly no longer with us.
The museum is open during many special events and activities hosted by the Legion. The rooms are available for private viewing on most days, while guided and group tours are also available at no charge by calling the Legion at 705-639-2374.
Poppy Day Bazaar
The Norwood IODE’s annual Poppy Day Lunch & Bazaar is on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Millennium Room at the Community Centre (88 Alma St.) featuring their customary tables of home baking, crafts and raffles. There will also be selection of vendors showcasing home decor, Christmas scents, jewelry and more. Admission is $2 or $8 if you come to enjoy lunch.
Norwood Legion Military Museum creator Rob Gordon (left) and curator Rob Howat captivate members of the Havelock Scouts by sharing many interesting stories and artifacts from the collection.