On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month Port Stanley veterans,
their families and residents gathered outside the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 410
to remember those lost in past wars and to pay tribute to Canada's veterans,
currently serving soldiers and their families.
Remembrance Day ceremonies in Port Stanley were commemorating the end of the First
World War a century ago where more than 66,000 Canadians perished on the battlefields
of Europe and more than 45,000 lost their lives during the Second World War. The
Port Stanley Remembrance Day ceremonies also acknowledged the many sacrifices and
contributions that all Canadians who have served and are still serving today have
Better weather for this years ceremonies saw a crowd of almost three hundred people
gather around the Legion to honour those who fought for freedom. The cost of peace
was high, as many who left, never came back, making the ultimate sacrifice with
their lives. And today we remember. Ceremonies began with Oh Canada followed by
prayers from padre Doug Abrams who spoke about past wars and of those who fought
in battle that lived and of those that died. We pray for the victims of past wars,
of those that died in battle, of those that lived with injury, disabilities, or
having been physiologically scarred. We pray for an end to the suffering of war.
We pray for peace for the world.
A bugle played the Last Post followed by two minutes of silence after which a Bagpipe
played. A poem by Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae, a doctor that was serving with
the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps during WW1, was also 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
"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.
To remember the fallen, the laying of wreaths began with a Silver Cross Mother,
followed by Legion members, representatives from serving members of Canada's Armed
Forces, HSMC Prevost, the Navy Cadets, Air Force Cadets, Scouts, Brownies, municipal
representatives, the fire department, the OPP, and a variety of community groups
and service clubs. 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.