Hundreds gathered during three separate ceremonies in Huntingdon, Ormstown, and Hemmingford to honour and remember all those who served or continue to serve in Canada’s armed forces. Students across the Valley also came together to pay their respects during school assemblies and ceremonies.
An ecumenical service took place at the Huntingdon branch of the Royal Canadian Legion on November 5 before members were joined by area Girl Guides and Scouts as they paraded to the Cenotaph in Prince Arthur-Park for the traditional laying of the wreaths. Following the ceremony, those in attendance were invited to enjoy light refreshments at the branch.
Members of the Huntingdon Legion came together again a week later for an Armistice Dinner on November 11. This marked the first time the meal has taken place since the pandemic.
A crowd of over 100 people gathered on a chilly Remembrance Day in Ormstown to show their respect for those who fought in the service of our country. A parade started at the Ormstown Legion and ended at Lindsay-Cullen Park, where the ceremony took place. As a few snowflakes floated down, wreaths were laid at the cenotaph. Flags held by both young and old waved in the cold wind and the Elgin and District Pipe and Drum Band played familiar laments.
Six soldiers from the Royal Canadian Hussars served as the colour party during the traditional ceremony at the Cenotaph in Hemmingford. Around 100 citizens attended the act of remembrance and laying of the wreaths, which took place over the weekend on November 11. Refreshments were served following the event.
Archives Hemmingford opened its doors at noon on Saturday for a special Remembrance Day activity featuring military-themed displays and presentations. Earlier in the week, the Montérégie West Community Network held a bilingual Remembrance Day activity on November 6 at its Wellness Centre in Huntingdon.