Mallorytown gets to the end of its Remembrance Road
MALLORYTOWN – The local Legion reached a milestone with its Remembrance services on Friday.
Since 2000, Legion members, schoolchildren and dignitaries have gathered on the shoulder of Country Road 5 to pay tribute to one of the 19 fallen servicemen from the area.
The service is always held on the Friday before Remembrance Day to allow children from Front of Yonge Elementary School to participate.
They call it the Remembrance Road Ceremony for the 19 trees planted along the road, each one dedicated to one of the soldiers.
On Friday, they reached the end of the line, honouring the last of the fallen.
He was Frederick Ford Cook, a 24-year-old farmer from Front of Yonge, who died on Nov. 16, 1918, just five days after the end of the First World War. Private Cook died in France after being gassed by a mustard-gas shell several days earlier. Cook was gassed on either Nov. 11 or Nov. 9 – the war records are unclear.
If the gas attack was on the 11th, Armistice Day, it would make Cook one of the last Canadian soldiers to die in the Great War.
Cook had been wounded before on the battlefield.
On Aug. 14, 1918 – three months before his death – the private was hurt by shell concussion while fighting in Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, which he had joined in January of that year.
Cook was one of six servicemen from the area to die in the First World War. Twelve died in the Second World War.
When the Legion started its Remembrance Road Ceremonies in 2000, there were only 18 trees planted along the road in tribute to the fallen.
The 19th was added in 2006 with the death of Cpl. Randy Payne in Afghanistan.
The Remembrance Road Ceremonies make a point to involve the schoolchildren in the service. As the names of the fallen were called out, a youngster had the duty of planting a small Canadian flag under his tree.
The children also sang and recited poems as part of the service. Remembrance Day ceremonies will be held across the area at 11 a.m. on Sunday, including at Brockville’s cenotaph, where the ceremony is preceded by a parade from city hall. firstname.lastname@example.org
Schoolchildren recite poetry at Mallorytown’s Remembrance Road ceremony on Friday.