Hun­dreds of on­look­ers ob­serve Re­mem­brance Day in Windsor

Valley Journal Advertiser - - NEWS - BY COLIN CHISHOLM AND AL­LIE SALTZMAN WWW.HANTSJOURNAL.CA

Tears welled in the eyes of sib­lings Mona and Dar­rell Munro as they stood in front of the ceno­taph.

They trav­elled to the Re­mem­brance Day cer­e­mony in Windsor from Halifax to lay a wreath on be­half of their late fa­ther and grand­fa­ther, both of whom served in ma­jor con­flicts.

“It was on be­half of both of them, our dad and his fa­ther. It was kind of spe­cial to­day be­cause of the 100th an­niver­sary of the sign­ing of the Armistice,” said Dar­rell fol­low­ing the cer­e­mony.

“Our grand­fa­ther fought in the Span­ish-Amer­i­can War, the Boer War, the First World War, and our dad fought in the Sec­ond World War.”

The sib­lings used to bring their fa­ther to the Re­mem­brance Day cer­e­mony in Windsor ev­ery year. He lived in Bed­ford at the time but was from Windsor and it was im­por­tant for them to make the trip up.

It still is.

“He would come up here ev­ery year, see some of his friends, and I al­ways go to the ser­vices for the veter­ans,” he said. “I bring my son now with me, so we’re con­tin­u­ing that tra­di­tion.”

Dar­rell com­mented on how won­der­ful the Windsor cer­e­mony is, not­ing that de­spite the cold and the wind, hun­dreds of peo­ple came out to watch and honour those who served.

Be­fore he passed away, Dar­rell also took his fa­ther, John Munro, to the U.K. and France to see some of the places he served dur­ing the Sec­ond World War.

Mona, who is a teacher in Halifax, said she tries to im­part the im­por­tance of Re­mem­brance Day on her stu­dents.

“I thought the world of my fa­ther,” Mona said. “I was very much so his lit­tle girl, even though I stood about a foot taller than him by the end.”

“To­day is a spe­cial day and I like to think of him and re­mem­ber him,” she said. “It’s sad be­cause I miss him now.”

St­ef­fanie Me­lan­son came from the Wey­mouth area to wish her sis­ter Cas­san­dra Atkins well, who was march­ing in the pa­rade, a mem­ber of the Royal Cana­dian Air Force out of CFB Green­wood.

“It was im­por­tant to come, es­pe­cially this year be­cause of the 100th an­niver­sary of the end of the (First World War),” she said. “You have to re­mem­ber your past be­cause you can’t look to the fu­ture with­out un­der­stand­ing your his­tory.”

Paula Lunn Greene, mas­ter of cer­e­monies for the Windsor event, said she was hon­oured to be a part of it. Her part­ner, Rick Folker, was also the pa­rade com­man­der.

“The cer­e­mony went very well, de­spite it be­ing very cool and un­com­fort­able,” Lunn Greene said. “What kept go­ing through my mind though is how un­com­fort­able it would have been for those who were serv­ing over­seas.”

“See­ing the num­ber of peo­ple who came out to­day was as­tound­ing, I’m very proud of this area.”

Editor’s note: We would like to thank Al­lie Saltzman, an Avon View High School stu­dent, for help­ing with the cov­er­age of this cer­e­mony as part of the school’s O2 pro­gram.

PHO­TOS BY COLIN CHISHOLM AND AL­LIE SALTZMAN

The Windsor Re­mem­brance Day cer­e­mony kicks off with a pa­rade, in­clud­ing cur­rent and for­mer mem­bers of the Cana­dian Armed Forces as well as mem­bers of the RCMP, Windsor Fire Depart­ment and more.

Hants West MLA Chuck Porter greets folks be­fore the main cer­e­mony gets un­der­way in Windsor.

Cap­tain Peter Traves (left), on be­half of the Last Post Fund, lays a wreath.

The ceno­taph in Vic­to­ria Park in Windsor was cov­ered in pop­pies Nov. 11 as chil­dren and adults paid trib­ute to the men and women who served, and con­tinue to serve, to keep so­ci­ety safe.

Mayor Anna Allen lays a wreath on be­half of the Town of Windsor.

The pa­rade marches off at the con­clu­sion of the cer­e­mony.

Sgt. Ella Brown plays the Last Post.

Mem­bers of the RCMP salute dur­ing the Re­mem­brance Day cer­e­mony.

Veter­ans, rel­a­tives and friends place wreaths around the ceno­taph in Windsor in mem­ory of those we’ve lost.

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