Nor­wood re­mem­bers the fallen

Remembranc­e cer­e­mony held at ceno­taphs in area

The Peterborough Examiner - - LOCAL - Jeff Dor­nan nor­wood­[email protected]­i­com.net

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.

Mil­i­tary Mu­seum

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.

SPE­CIAL TO THE EX­AM­INER

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.

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