We Will Remember Them

 

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Despite a cold breeze and cloudy skies, the actions of veterans past and present shone through Monday morning.

Remembrance Day ceremonies were held at the Cenotaph with veterans, dignitaries and the general public gathering to remember veterans who have served Canada and those continuing to offer their service. A parade left Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157 at 10:30 a.m. and arrived at the Cenotaph shortly before the 11 a.m. service. A parade marched people back to the Legion at the ceremony’s conclusion.

Essex MP Jeff Watson read a statement from Prime Minister Stephen Harper which stated Harper was “deeply honoured” to extend his “heartfelt gratitude” to veterans during Veterans’ Week and on Remembrance Day.

Harper said the day was one to pay tribute to the “best and bravest among us” who fought to defend Canadian values and freedoms.

“Our veterans are our national treasure,” Watson read, noting Harper also stated Canadians have the opportunities and freedoms we have due to our veterans.

Merv Richards, executive assistant to Essex MPP Taras Natyshak, extended Natyshak’s best wishes.

“We remember the women and men who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the freedoms and values we believe in,” Richards stated.

Richards added that poppies are worn to remember those who served and continue to serve as well as to serve as a reminder of those who returned from service with physical and psychological injuries.

Mayor Wayne Hurst also stated it wasn’t just a day to remember those who served previously, but to remember those still serving this country. Those who made sacrifices to protect our nation and its freedoms and democracy should be remembered, Hurst noted.

“It’s the love of country that we are able to enjoy the country we call Canada,” said Hurst. “We salute Br. 157 of the Canadian Legion for the remarkable job they do in commemorating this Remembrance Day celebration.”

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