Colour Party for the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 43 were Comrades Kevin Embree, Wilson Timmons, Mike Robichaud, Clem Munroe, Wayne Reynolds, and Bill Griffin.
November 18, 2020
-by April MacDonald
It was a starkly different day of remembrance for everyone this year.
It would have been the perfect day to gather at our most sacred cenotaphs, under the big blue sky and warm sun, reflecting on sacrifices made and the freedoms cherished by us, we all instead erred on the side of caution, donned our masks and kept our distance.
As usual it was a somber day, but without the public in public. Port Hawkesbury Legion Branch 43 held their ceremony at their home base on Reeves Street. In attendance were the executive of their RCL, local media, and a member of the RCMP.
It is obvious why Nova Scotia (and in our case Inverness County) has so few numbers of COVID-19, we all respect what a serious health issue this is and what devastating effects this virus would have on our older population. The point is that our small sacrifices (masks, staying home, hand-washing, keeping two metres apart) pales in comparison to the sacrifices made by men and women who looked tyranny in the eye and said, not today, not ever.
Fortunately, technology assisted in the day’s events for those wanting to take in the ceremony safely from their home. The Hawk radio station had a live feed of the ceremony and played the event on the radio as well.
In attendance for the special ceremony was RCMP Constable Steven MacCallum. Colour Party for the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 43 were Comrades Kevin Embree, Wilson Timmons, Mike Robichaud, Clem Munroe, Wayne Reynolds, and Bill Griffin. Comrade Anna Marie Langley read the poem In Flanders Fields and Branch 43 Legion Chaplin Wayne Urquhart gave the prayer.
Outside, individuals gathered at the cenotaph across from the Legion and in their own personal and private moments some laid their poppies down or gently touched the names of those who sacrificed their lives for them.
And we will remember them.
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