Brilliant sunshine and moderate temperatures welcomed the 2016 Port Stanley Remembrance
Parade on Sunday November 6, 2016. Good weather meant that more people would come
out today, to share in this day of Remembrance. The Royal Canadian Legion Branch
410 holds the Port Stanley Remembrance Parade on the Sunday before November 11th
Remembrance Day, and also has a Remembrance service that will also be held at the
cenotaph on Friday November 11th, 2016 at 11:00 a.m.
A large crowd of people were gathered along the parade route today, in watchful
silence, as the parade went by, paying homage to the efforts of those that fought
in wars for peace. The cost of peace was high, as many who left, never came back,
making the ultimate sacrifice with their lives. And today we remember. Included
in today's Remembrance Day were veterans from active service in WW II and Korea,
the merchant marine, as well as representatives from serving members of Canada's
Armed Forces, HSMC Prevost, the Navy Cadets marching band, Air Force Cadets, Scouts,
Brownies, municipal representatives, the fire department, the OPP, and a variety
of community groups and service clubs.
The parade ended with an assembly in cenotaph park where todays ceremonies took
place, and in the sky, the Missing Man formation, a fly by salute to our lost but
not forgotten. "Today we honour those who have fought and those who have fallen,
remaining constant in our efforts and our hope that one day, people will learn to
resolve their differences without war, without bloodshed. We will remember them."
said the padre.
A poem by Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae, a doctor that was serving with the Royal
Canadian Army Medical Corps during WW1, was recited:
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place: and in the sky
The larks still bravely singing fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the dead: Short days ago,
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved: and now we lie
In Flanders fields!
Take up our quarrel with the foe
To you, from failing hands, we throw
The torch: be yours to hold it high
If ye break faith with us who die,
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields
The laying of wreaths followed with people from all walks of life paying their respects
and showing appreciation for the efforts that were made by those who fought and
those who died to preserve and ensure our freedom, Lest we forget, lest we forget.