Amherst hosts Remembrance Day services

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Published on November 11, 2013

Titus Gallagher plays the Last Post.

Published on November 11, 2013

The colour party moves into position during Remembrance Day ceremonies in Amherst on Monday.

Published on November 11, 2013

Sergeant at Arms, Bill Knight (left), leads flag bearers, such as Canadian Air Force Warrant Officer Mike Cook (right) through the Remembrance Day ceremony in Amherst.

Published on November 11, 2013

Sergeant at Arms, Bill Knight (left), leads flag bearers, such as Canadian Air Force Warrant Officer Mike Cook (right) through the Remembrance Day ceremony in Amherst.

Published on November 11, 2013

Amherst hosts Remembrance Day service

Published on November 11, 2013

Jack Perry carries the Canadian flag into the First Baptist Church.

Published on November 11, 2013

Amherst hosts Remembrance Day service

Published on November 11, 2013

Amherst hosts Remembrance Day service

Published on November 11, 2013

Amherst hosts Remembrance Day service

Published on November 11, 2013

Amherst hosts Remembrance Day service

Published on November 11, 2013

Amherst hosts Remembrance Day service

Published on November 11, 2013

Amherst hosts Remembrance Day service

Published on November 11, 2013

Amherst hosts Remembrance Day service

Published on November 11, 2013

Amherst hosts Remembrance Day service

Published on November 11, 2013

Amherst hosts Remembrance Day service

Published on November 11, 2013

Amherst hosts Remembrance Day service

Published on November 11, 2013

Amherst hosts Remembrance Day service

Published on November 11, 2013

The service moved into the First Baptist Church

Published on November 11, 2013

Amherst hosts Remembrance Day service

Published on November 11, 2013

Amherst hosts Remembrance Day service

Published on November 11, 2013

Amherst hosts Remembrance Day service

Published on November 11, 2013

Amherst hosts Remembrance Day service

Published on November 11, 2013

The ceremony then moved to the Amherst Legion.

Published on November 11, 2013

Amherst hosts Remembrance Day service

Published on November 11, 2013

Amherst hosts Remembrance Day service

Published on November 11, 2013

The Remembrance Day cake at the legion before it was cut.

Large crowd on hand despite cold, wet weather

Amherst residents paused for a moment on Monday to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for freedom and to thank those who continue to serve today.

AMHERST – Amherst residents came together Monday as they do every year at this time to honour those who paid the ultimate price to preserve our freedom.

A large crowd braved wet, cool conditions to participate in the annual Remembrance Day ceremony at the cenotaph before moving inside Amherst First Baptist Church for the laying of ceremonial wreaths.

Amherst Branch 10 of the Royal Canadian Legion Charles McWhirter gave the honorary salute as the parade marched the cenotaph while Adam Occomore was the parade marshal.

The cenotaph service included the Last Post and Reveille by bugler Titus Gallagher as well as the Lament on the bagpipes.

Cumberland Colchester Musquodoboit Valley MP Scott Armstrong read a message from Prime Minister Stephen Harper, commenting on this year being the 95th anniversary of the end of the First World War and the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic.

It is also the year of the Korean Veteran in recognition of the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War.

“For far too many years Korea was the forgotten war and during this Veterans’ Week we remember the more than 26,000 members of the Canadian Armed Forces who fought for our sense of duty and love of country that has guided generations of Canadian soldiers,” Armstrong said. “Our veterans are a national treasure. Without their extraordinary achievements we would not have the privilege to live in a land of freedom and opportunity.”

Emcee Rod Morris talked about the significance of Remembrance Day and spoke about the history of the North Nova Scotia Highlanders.

“Throughout the world members of the Canadian Armed Forces have willingly served their country with honour and distinction and that’s why we find ourselves here today to honour their past sacrifices and to continue to give thanks to the dedication of service and the protection of our freedoms that we so richly enjoy today,” Morris said.

Twenty-five wreaths were laid in the church including ones by Cumberland North MLA Terry Farrell, Amherst Mayor Robert Small and Cumberland County Deputy Warden Don Smith.

Mary Carter laid the wreath on behalf of the Silver Cross Mothers, while Scott Moore laid wreaths for the Nova Scotia Highlanders Combined Mess and the First Battalion of the Nova Scotia Highlanders.

Wreaths were also laid for Amherst Regional High School, the Royal Canadian Legion, RCAF Association 105 (Cumberland) Wing, the army, navy and air cadets, Lord Amherst and Tantramar chapters of the IODE, the Amherst Fire Department, Amherst Police Department, the Knights of Pythias, Miraim Rebekah Lodge 36, the Amherst Lions Club, the NSGEU, Amherst Youth Town Council, the Cumberland Correctional Service of Canada and in memory of fallen comrades Nova Scotia Highlanders.

Organizations: Amherst First Baptist Church, Canadian Armed Forces, Amherst Branch Cumberland North Nova Scotia Highlanders Amherst Regional High School Royal Canadian Legion RCAF Association Amherst Fire Department Amherst Police Department Amherst Lions Club Amherst Youth Town Council

Geographic location: Amherst, Korea, Cumberland County Tantramar

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  • jr
    November 12, 2013 - 07:17

    I was very disappointed in the service yesterday. Normally the moment of silence is held at 11AM. Yesterday the entired ceremony was over and most of the participants had already marched off by the time the bell tolled 11. I am also surprised that we cannot get a Trumpet player or a piper that can actually hit the correct notes withotu making such a mess of things. We may be a small town, but we need to pay more respect to the Vets and do things properly. I stood there in the rain for the entire thing as others have done much more to give us the life that we enjoy so much today. I know that it is not all about the mesuicians hitting the right notes and all, but it is the least that we can do as this is such an emotional time of year for the Vets that are still arround and the ones that are coming home every month from the Middle East. It is just the point of attending this ceremony for so many years and I have also served myself and having to deal with such disrespect as not even getting things doen correctly.