Heroes past and present remembered on Remembrance Day

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PARRSBORO – This community paid tribute to its fallen heroes of the past on Remembrance Day while being reminded of the sacrifices being paid today by Canada’s men and women of the armed forces.

Keith Odlin, commanding officer of the 689 Handley Page Air Cadet Squadron, reminded the large crowd gathered for the wreath-laying ceremony at the cenotaph that peace, freedom and democracy are fragile things that need to be tended to like a garden.

“This is part of the legacy left to us by the veterans of our past in their hope for our future,” he said. “And so today I must reflect also on the current guardians of our freedom: those men and women who are in uniform today - those who stand guard in hostile waters, our soldiers who do battle in the hostile regions of our globe and our airmen who stand ready to protect not only our coastal regions but far flung regions of the world they might be called to duty in.”

Today’s troops realize no less the sacrifice duty might ask from them than those veterans who paid the ultimate sacrifice in past conflicts, according to Odlin, who recognized the fact that 19 Canadians have paid that sacrifice in the year since last year’s Nov. 11 ceremony.

“I will remember that freedom does not come without tremendous cost,” he said. “I will remember that there are those who, while not having paid the ultimate sacrifice on a foreign battlefield, ocean or sky, have given of themselves so much that they will carry the scars and afflictions of those conflicts to their eternal rest. Their sacrifice can last a lifetime.”

Parrsboro’s Remembrance Day activities stayed in tune with those in previous years, beginning with a memorial service at the legion, followed by a parade of legion members, veterans and other uniformed participants to the cenotaph, the laying of wreaths and crosses, and a banquet at the legion.

At the banquet, prizes were handed out to local students who participated in the annual poster, poetry and essay contest sponsored by the legion. This year’s winners were: Primary poster, coloured - First - Haley Harrison, Second - Madison Phinney; junior poster, coloured - First - Maggie Legere, second - Dakota Ferdinand; junior poster, black and white - First - Sarah Merriam; intermediate poster, coloured - First - Olivia Ashlynn Crouse; intermediate poster, black and white - First - Natasha Goodwin; senior poster, coloured - First - Ayaka Shiokawa; senior poster, black and white - First - Taylor Dinaut, Second - Mikayla Sears; junior poem - First - Iain Odlin; junior essay - First - Nicole Yorke; intermediate composition - first - Josh Goodwin; senior poem - first - Alex Odlin; senior essay - first - Derrick McKee, senior essay - second - Sarah Adams.

The following wreaths and crosses were laid this year:

Pre-laid wreaths: in memory of fallen comrades – CIBC; in memory of fallen comrades – Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation; in memory of fallen comrades – Parrsboro Baptist Church; in memory of Ronald Forsythe – wife Blanche; in memory of Carl and Harry Parsons – family; in memory of Joe Parsons and Fred, Bill and Roy Lorette – Leon and Lorena Parsons; in memory of Aubrey Roberts – Clara Roberts and family; in memory of Ted St. Aubin and Ronald Taylor – Bill, Audrey and family; in memory of Kauko “Henry” Wiita – wife Aileen; in memory of John Fullerton – Rector family; in memory of Stanley R. Dowe – Ruby Dowe; in memory of Lewis L. Bain – wife Ruth; 

Pre-laid crosses: in memory of fallen comrades – St. Georges Anglican Church; in memory of fallen comrades – St. Brigid’s Church; in memory of fallen comrades – the Royal Bank of Canada; in memory of Edson “Ted” Clarke – sisters Aileen Wiita and Nellie Snowdon; in memory of Donald Fife – Russell Fife; in memory of Roland Jeffers and John “Sonny” Clarke – Eleanor Jeffers and family; in memory of Wallace Byrne – Rector family; in memory of Garth and Douglas Durant – family; in memory of Gordon, Glen and Thornton Canning – Rector family;

Wreaths:

In memory of fallen comrades – Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 45; in memory of fallen comrades – Ladies Auxiliary of Branch No. 45; in memory of fallen comrades – Town of Parrsboro; in memory of fallen comrades – Parrsboro RCMP; in memory of fallen comrades – federal government; in memory of fallen comrades – Province of Nova Scotia; in memory of fallen comrades – Parrsboro Fire Department; in memory of fallen comrades – No. 67 Minas Lodge; in memory of fallen comrades – Parrsboro Lions Club; in memory of fallen comrades – Municipality of Cumberland County; in memory of fallen comrades – Murray and Linda Scott; in memory of Bruce Fullerton – family; in memory of Ham and Dorothy Morris – Morris family; in memory of Bernard Perry – family member; in memory of Milford MacAloney – Ruth and family; in memory of Harry Rowlings – daughters Diane, Karen and Judy; in memory of Earl and Murray Fulton – Fulton family; in memory of Stan T. Smith and Murdock Wasson – Joan Quinn and family; in memory of Alison, Frank and Cyril Warren – Frank Warren; in memory of Percy Henwood – daughter Florence Yorke; in memory of George Clarke – wife Beverly Clarke and family; in memory of Rannie O’Laney – wife Barbara; in memory of Douglas Ripley – wife Lina and son Allan; in memory of Dan MacDougall – Donald Geddes; in memory of Jack Boyd – family; in memory of Alex and Stan Boyd – family; in memory of Don Yorke – Yorke family; in memory of Harry Connell – Yorke family; in memory of Doug Robinson – Shirley Robinson; in memory of Hugh Warren – Shirley Robinson; in memory of Laurie and Dorothy Yorke – family; in memory of Allen Yorke – wife Sam; in memory of Gerald Osborne – family; in memory of Robert Adams – family; in memory of Owen Patterson – family; in memory od Odin, Victor, Herbert and Shaw Elliott – Elliott family; in memory of Clarence “Clad” Copp – Pauline Currie; in memory of Darrell Pettis – wife Shirley and family; in memory of Edgar Smith – Curtis Smith; in memory of Leo Patterson – Owen Patterson and family; in memory of Cyril Yorke – sons Arthur and Cyril and daughter Sue; in memory of Raymond Smith – wife Anna and family; in memory of Garfield, Vernon and Harold George and Albert Fitzsimmons – Eileen Fitzimmons; in memory of Basil Winters – daughter Esther, Ralph, Mark and Jocelyn; in memory of George Patterson – Ruth and family; in memory of Maurice Fancy – son Robert, daughter Wanda and families; in memory of Levetta Willigar – Barbara Mackenzie; in memory of Burton DeWolfe – daughters Susan Graham and Rachel Allen; in memory of Donald Wheaton – Wheaton family; in memory of George Logan – wife Ruth Logan and family; in memory of George and Merton MacAloney – family; in memory of Ted MacAloney – wife Fie, daughter Bertha and family; in memory of Clarence Lattie – Lattie family; in memory of Ronald Hughes – wife Irma and family; in memory of Henry Brown – Marg and Marie Brown; in memory of Hebert Pettis – Edwina Pettis; in memory of Clarence Milberry – Bonnie and Allison Dowe and family; in memory of Cecil Rushton – daughter Doreen Smith and family; in memory of John Durant – Marilyn Fullerton; in memory of Garfield Ripley – Eva Ripley and family; in memory of Thomas M. Brown Sr., Thomas M. Brown Jr. and David Brown – Brown family; in memory of Leo Tibbetts – his daughters; in memory of Allison Quinn – Marina Quinn and family; in memory of Russell and Helen McKenzie – Tony McKenzie; in memory of Basil and Lorway Yorke and sister Doris – brother and sisters; in memory of Walter “Bud” Forbes – wife Bernice and family; in memory of Pte. W. “Mike” Morrissey – wife Enid Morrissey; in memory of fallen comrades – Parrsborough Historical Society; in memory of Yorke family members who died or served – Ian Standring; in memory of Pte. Frank Owen Phinney – Gwen Henderson; in memory of Jack Morris – wife Stella; in memory of Gerald Mosher, Arthur Joels and Bobby Murray – wife Barbara Mosher, daughter Barbara and niece Barbara;

Crosses: in memory of fallen comrades – Trinity United Church; in memory of Ted and John Clarke and brother Roy Thackery – Kenny Clarke; in memory of Corky Willigar – mother Florence and family; in memory of Jim Llewellyn – daughter Marjorie, Archie and family; in memory of Onslow Legere – Archie and family; in memory of Art Guthreau – daughter Marilyn Pettis and son Weldon and family; in memory of Foster and Kennie King – Winters family; in memory of Maxwell Gilbert – wife Irene; in memory of Ron Ellis – Austin Ellis; in memory of Carl Shaw – Ron Shaw and family; in memory of Irene McCully – son Charles; in memory of Duncan Mills – Mills family; in memory of Frank, Bill and Hugh Hiltz – son Doug and daughter Debbie Henwood; in memory of Wallace Brown – Dean and Wendy Brown; in memory of James Chambers – Cecelia and family; in memory of James Fulton – Diane Barre; in memory of Kenneth Colpitts – wife Emily-Jean Colpitts and family; in memory of Douglas Smith – son Wayne; in memory of Kenneth Atkinson – Atkinson and Hebb families; in memory of Ron Smith – Ron Forbes; in memory of Claude Smith Sr. Claude Smith Jr., George and Jack Winters – family members; in memory of Charles Llewellyn – April and family; in memory of Bernie Burke – Burke family; in memory of Ralph Morris – wife Lillian; in memory of John Chambers and Lawrence Phinney – Sandra Hiltz; in memory of Bernard and Robert Smith – Nancy Winters; in memory of Edward and Arthur Duffy and Cleve Peck – Audrey Peck; in memory of Lawrence Pettigrew – Ernest Pettigrew and family; in memory of Percy Atkinson – Betty and Jim Atkinson; in memory of fallen comrades – Crossroads Co-Op; in memory of Robert Marshall Phinney – sister Jane and family.

Organizations: CIBC, Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation, Parrsboro Baptist Church Georges Anglican Church Royal Bank of Canada Parrsboro Fire Department Parrsboro Lions Club Parrsborough Historical Society Trinity United Church

Geographic location: PARRSBORO, Canada, Brigid Nova Scotia Cumberland County Duncan Mills

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