Lest we forget: Quyon remembers

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Kate Aley

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.

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Kate Aley

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Kate Aley

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Slippery story: the update

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Kate Aley

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Kate Aley

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Slippery sh*t: unidentified effluent causes accident

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Kate Aley

A serious single-vehicle roll-over was caused early morning on December 4 by a deep slick of some kind of waste matter spilled on Highway 148 near Parker Road in Luskville. Pools of what appeared to be septic waste or liquid animal manure were at least two or three meters in length and possibly 4 cm in depth, according to witnesses.

Christmas House Tour lights up the night

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Kate Aley

The houses on the Quyon Pastoral Charge Christmas House Tour warmly received 150 visitors this year. Five family homes in Quyon and Luskville were decorated to perfection to the appreciation of all. Above, the Draper homestead in Luskville.

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