Ontario’s Ceremony of Remembrance began at 10:45 a.m. at the 30-metre-long granite Veterans’ Memorial on the front lawn of Queen’s Park.
Scores of people gathered for at the Hanover cenotaph this morning; scouts, brownies, school children, air cadets, and of course veterans. Those from the Second World War are fewer in number every year.
The words on the cenotaph expressing the feeling of those present: “To commemorate the sacrifice of our honoured dead.”
With the playing of the last post, two minutes of silence, Hanover remembered its honoured dead.
The President of Branch 109 of the Royal Canadian Legion in Goderich calls today’s Remembrance Day Ceremony significant for a number of reasons.
Paul Thorne points out that aside from the attacks in Ottawa and south of Montreal last month, this year is the 100th anniversary of the First World War and 75th anniversary of the Second World War.
He adds while the recent incidents have had a galvanizing effect on Canadians, it’s disturbing that so long after two world wars Canadians are still losing their lives defending out freedom.
Thorne also points out the importance of every Remembrance Day ceremony that only takes part of one day to remember the sacrifices of all of those who served.
A record crowd turned out for the Remembrance Day Ceremony in Mount Forest.
Master of Ceremonies Bill Nelson was particularly pleased at the number of students present as well as local residents.
Jenna Yake, wearing the uniform of her late grandfather Earl Nelson, read the roll call.
Several hundred people joined veterans at the Port Elgin cenotaph this morning to pay tribute to those who died defending our freedom.
Among those paying their respects was Grant Grieve, who volunteered for duty in the Second World War.
Grieve says he was in training when Germany surrendered to end the war in Europe, adding he was then supposed to be shipped out fight the Japanese, but did not end up being deployed.
Grieve says today is about remembering his friends and fellow soldiers who did not come home after the war.
“You remember a lot of the fellas that you knew as kids and that, joined up and never came back,” says Grieve.
Grieve was joined at the Remembrance Day ceremony by his son, Major Kevin Grieve, who today serves in the Royal Canadian Air Force.
With files from Bob Montgomery, Campbell Cork & Jordan McKinnon