River Hebert remembers

Jamie Heap
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RIVER HEBERT ­– Sacrifices made by local veterans were remembered here during Thursday’s annual Nov. 11 ceremony.

An estimated 200 people wearing red poppies filled up the parking lot of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 14 in River Hebert on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month on a sunny, yet crisp Remembrance Day to pay tribute to the community’s numerous heroic war veterans who are no longer with us. Among the spectators was Darren Richards, grandson of Clarence “Shine” Richards, who travelled all the way from Toronto for the service.

Members of the River Hebert Cadet Corps, the River Hebert Volunteer Fire Department (RHVFD) and the RCMP marched up Main Street to the River Hebert cenotaph, where the Canadian flags were all flying at half-staff.

Following the playing of “O Canada” and “The Last Post,” no fewer than 82 wreaths were carefully placed at the base of the River Hebert Cenotaph.

The playing of “God Save the Queen” concluded the outdoor segment of the 2010 River Hebert Remembrance Day activities.

Nearly 100 people ventured inside of the River Hebert legion for the annual Nov. 11 service of remembrance that legion member Larry Beardsley said was “always very well attended.”

Rev. Pam Harrison, who pointed out that “2010 is the first year in the history of Canada (since 1919) that Canadians from coast to coast to coast will be gathering on Nov. 11 without any World War I veterans among us,” officiated the well-attended service that included such hymns as “Peace is Flowing Like a River,” “Onward, Christian Soldiers” and “Let There Be Peace on Earth,” notwithstanding the anthem “Make Me a Channel of Your Peace.”

The names of the departed comrades were also read aloud by members of the branch, including those killed in action during the First World War and Second World War; Borden Brown of Joggins was the only local war veteran to perish during the “1,000 Day” Korean War (1950-1953).

“Remembrance Day means a lot to me,” said local war veteran Aubrey M. Hoeg, who served overseas from 1941-1945. “I can remember in 1942 when I was stationed in London, England that a woman on the street threw her arms around me and said‚‘God Bless Canada.’”

Wreaths in memory of all RH War Vets by local businesses/orgs, political parties.

Government of Canada                                   

Cumberland South Liberal Association

Province of Nova Scotia                                   

Cumberland South PC Association

Municipality of Cumberland County                       

CWL St. Paul’s

Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 14           

King Edward Masonic Lodge

Ladies Auxiliary of Branch No. 14                       

Heritage Models

River Hebert Army Cadet Corps                       

NS Community College-Springhill

River Hebert Village Commission                       

Mayflower Rebecca Lodge

River Hebert Fire Department                       

Federal Superannuates Cumberland

St. Alban’s Anglican Church                                   

Branch NS 78

Wreaths laid in memory of the individual World War I and World War II RH War Vets”

Bud Allen                                                           

William McIver

Frank, John, Gilbert & Ozzie Arsenault           

Charles Melanson

Wylie Baker                                                           

Daniel Melanson

Freeman Beardsley                                               

Frankie Melanson

Bedford Berry                                                           

James Fred Miller

Herbert Berry                                                           

Havelock Morris

Leonard Berry and Mabel Fagan                       

Arthur, Clarence & Cecil Morris

James Earl Betts                                               

George Oakley

Graham Betts                                                           

Ernest O’Brien

Ralph Brown                                                           

Ezekiel O’Brien Sr.

Alfie Burke                                                           

Ezekiel O’Brien Jr.

Arthur Burke                                                           

George O’Brien

Fred Burke                                                           

Harris O’Brien Sr.

Robert Coffin                                                           

Harris O’Brien Jr.

Ronald Coffin                                                           

Lawrence Pettigrew & Troops

Russell & Lydia Coffin                                   

(Serving & Lost in Afghanistan)

Wilfred Cormier                                               

Allan Porter Sr.

Peter Downey                                                           

Arthur & William Porter

Donald, Gerald & Harvey Edwards                       

Joseph & Garnet Porter

Gordon Grant                                                           

Jack Proctor

Robert Hachey                                               

Charles Richards

Richard & Jack Harwell                                   

Clarence Richards

Aubrey Hoeg                                                           

Edmund Richards

Hazen Jewitt                                                           

William M. Ripley

Harold Jowett                                                           

Alex Symes

Wilfred LeBlanc                                               

James Trask

Vernon J. Lorette                                               

Stanley Walker

Kenneth MacDonald                                               

Earl Wasson

Cyril Mawdsley                                               

Pat & Robert White

Ronald McCarther                                               

Orel White

Bedford McEachern                                               

Maurice Wilson

Clare McIver                                                           

James Wilson Sr.

Ella McIver                                                           

Darrell, Donald, Murray & Arnold Wolfe

Henry McIver                                                           

Eric Wolfe

Organizations: Fire Department, Royal Canadian Legion Branch, River Hebert Cadet Corps RCMP River Hebert Army Anglican Church

Geographic location: River Hebert, Canada, Toronto Cumberland South Joggins London England Nova Scotia Cumberland County Afghanistan

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