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
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”
Frank, John, Gilbert & Ozzie Arsenault
James Fred Miller
Leonard Berry and Mabel Fagan
Arthur, Clarence & Cecil Morris
James Earl Betts
Ezekiel O’Brien Sr.
Ezekiel O’Brien Jr.
Harris O’Brien Sr.
Harris O’Brien Jr.
Lawrence Pettigrew & Troops
Russell & Lydia Coffin
(Serving & Lost in Afghanistan)
Allan Porter Sr.
Arthur & William Porter
Donald, Gerald & Harvey Edwards
Joseph & Garnet Porter
Richard & Jack Harwell
William M. Ripley
Vernon J. Lorette
Pat & Robert White
James Wilson Sr.
Darrell, Donald, Murray & Arnold Wolfe