Remember those who serve
be terrorist attack at Parliament Hill, during which Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was killed while on sentry duty at the National War Memorial, Rev. Wilkie observed that cenotaphs and other monuments to Canada’s military also serve as symbols of Canadian dedication to freedom, justice, and peace and that terror- ist attacks on them are doomed to fail. “Our war memorials cannot be desecrat- ed by any acts of terror or murder,” Rev. Wilkie said. “Such acts only further conse- crate them.” Following the formal speeches and
prayers, representatives for various groups and individuals placed wreathes on and around the cenotaph. Among the many store-bought wreathes laid to rest on the dais Sunday were a number of handmade ones offered up by children belonging to several local youth groups. Handmade wreaths, both simple and elaborate, were also a common sight in the hands of students at Rockland Public School on Remembrance Day Tuesday morning, as they assembled in the school gym to watch Pipe Major Sgt. Jesse Campbell of the 78 th
Fraser Highlanders and the 832 Twillick Squadron lead a group of veterans, both retired and active, most of them dressed in formal parade uniforms but one soldier marched in line dressed in desert camo fa- tigues, representing his involvement as part of Canada’s recent military actions in the Middle East during the Afghan War. The school Remembrance Day ceremony featured talks by the veterans and presenta- tions from each class, finishing with laying on a dais at the head of the gym of all the wreathes that students had made.
Remembrance Day events for Clarence- Rockland spread out over the November 9 weekend and right up to Remembrance Day Tuesday. Like several other municipalities in Prescott-Russell, the main Remembrance Day ceremony took place on Sunday, No- vember 9 on a sunny, yet blustery, day. In the village of Bourget the annual tribute to Canada’s armed forces, past, present, and future, was scheduled for the morning, fea- turing a parade down rue Champlain from the village cenotaph. In Rockland the memorial service took place in the early afternoon, as residents of all ages gathered at the town cenotaph outside of City Hall. The Remembrance Day Parade marched out from the Power Hall parking lot on Giroux Street at 1:30 p.m., followed a route down St-Joseph Boulevard onto Laurier Street and finished up at the cenotaph. Rev. Brian Wilkie, of St. Andrew’s United Church, one of several guest speakers dur- ing the ceremony, noted that war memo- rials like the local cenotaph and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Ottawa, have a special significance beyond commemorat- ing those who died while serving Canada in wars abroad. Referring to the recent would-
At the Cenotaph on a windy Sunday and inside a school gym Remembrance Day Tuesday, Clarence-Rockland honours soldiers. Photos Gregg Chamberlain
Open house celebration for all residents of Clarence-Rockland
Célébration portes ouvertes pour tous les residents de Clarence-Rockland
Venez rencontrer et festoyer avec des auteurs de la région. Princesses, super héros et magiciens divertiront les enfants.
Meet with local authors and enjoy some celebratory cake.
Children will be entertained with princesses, super heroes, face painting and a clown magician.
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