Warm weather and bright sunshine enticed a satisfactory number of the community to the Quyon war memorial on Sunday Nov. 5 for the annual Remembrance Day event. A detachment from 3RCR Airbourne from Petawawa and the pipe band Highland Mist helped ensure spectators, young and old, fully understood the importance of the ceremony. More than 40 wreaths were laid by those representing family members or organizations, including Pontiac MNA Andre Fortin.
Legion member and veteran Cal Cummings (above) led the service, introducing the prayers and announcing those who laid wreaths in memory of the fallen. Here are some excerpts from his moving speech.
"Every year on November 11th, Canadians pause in a silent moment of remembrance for the men and women who have served and continue to serve our country during times of war, conflict and peace.
Children from St. Marys and Onslow elementary schools sing O Canada, led by Wendy Desabrias. (VIDEO)
"More then 2.3 million Canadians have served our country... and more than 118, 000 have died; they gave their lives and their futures so that we may live in peace.
Member of the 3RCR honour guard standing by the cenotaph.
"We must remember. If we do not, the sacrifice of more than a hundred thousand Canadian lives will be meaningless. They died for us, for homes, families and friends; they died for Canada.
Piper from Highland Mist observes the two minutes of silence.
"The meaning of their sacrifice rests with our collective national consciousness; our future is their monument.
Members of the honour guard hold their berets to their chests during the opening prayer by Deacon Bob Farmer representing St. Mary's Catholic Church.
"The important thing for all of us to remember is that they fought to preserve a way of life, values and freedom we all enjoy today yet often take for granted. Please remember that the silence is to honour their sacrifice and memory."
Quyon Legion members salute the flags and cenotaph.
Reverend Nancy Best of Quyon United reads the prayer for peace.
The Act of Remembrance
They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.
Marching off of the honour guard.
Lest we forget.