Continuing a Remembrance Day Tradition

Jamie Heap
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River Hebert remembers its war veterans

Members of the 1442 River Hebert army cadets, legion members, veterans, peacekeepers, RCMP, 154 Anson air cadets (Amherst), 689 Handley Page air cadets, 865 Air cadets (Dartmouth) and River Hebert Volunteer Firefighters march towards the River Hebert Branch # 14 Legion Cenotaph Monday morning just prior to the eleventh hour of the eleventh month of the eleventh day, the date the armistice that ended World War I was signed 95-years ago.

RIVER HEBERT-A large crowd gathered Monday morning in front of the legion cenotaph to remember those veterans who served their country so gallantly during World War I (1914-1918), World War II (1939-1945) and in Korea (1950-1953).

After numerous wreathes were laid by representatives from family, government and other political and non-political organizations, those in attendance were welcomed inside River Hebert Branch # 14 of the Royal Canadian Legion for the traditional Remembrance Day service, officiated this year by Clarence Clarke.

“Today is important to me because several of my uncles served overseas in the army and navy,” said Rev. Clarke. “Yes, there are things wrong with society, with the government, with the system, but, if you look around the world where you can’t vote, Canada is a great place to live,” said Clarke. “The cenotaph exists so we won’t forget. In January, do we remember Vimy Ridge,” asked Clarke. “In April, do we remember Passchendaele? The Rhine? That’s why we have cenotaphs.”

The names of the 31 local veterans who paid the supreme sacrifice during World War I, World War II and Korea are inscribed on the River Hebert Branch Legion # 14 cenotaph. The fifteen from World War I are: Alva Carter, Henry Fraser, Wylie Hannah, Albert Hardy, Jack Hatherly, Harry Hennessy, Bert Landells, Walter Leslie, Hugh MacNeil, Frank Moffat, Guy Moffat, Stephen Nicholson, Cliff Phillips, Arthur Thompson Porter and William Porter); fifteen from World War II: Leonard Boudreau, William Fullerton, George Glenwright, Thomas Hyden, Harold Jowett, Richard Phillips, William Ripley, Kenneth Symes, James Taylor, Vernon Tipping, Charles Murray, Stanley Ripley, Alex Seaman, James Wood and Wallace Wood) as well as one from the Korean War, 1950-1953 (Borden Brown, Joggins).

In addition to the aforementioned lists of River Hebert war veterans who paid the supreme sacrifice during World War I and World War II, lists of the names of veterans of World War I who have passed on since 1918 and 1945 respectively were also read aloud by members of the River Hebert Branch # 4 of the RCL.

While there are no longer any Canadian veterans from World War I that are still alive, living veterans from World War II are also becoming scarce.  The list of World War II veterans who have passed away since 1945 that was read aloud by legion member Larry Beardsley, seemingly expands with each passing year.

River Hebert native Bert Hatherly, who lives in High-Crest Nursing Home, Springhill, is one, if not the only, living World War II veteran remaining from River Hebert. He was visited Monday by Cumberland South MLA Jamie Baillie.

The evening portion of the legion’s Remembrance activities consisted of a banquet: Rev. Clarence Clarke blessed the meal; comrade Larry Beardsley toasted Queen and Country; comrade Bob Hoeg toasted the departed comrades and the Royal Canadian Legion while Lower Cove native Linda Boyd (nee Brine), a retired CWO in the Canadian armed forces, gave the response in much the same way she did on Sunday during Advocate Harbour’s annual service of Remembrance when she talked about her three plus decades as a Canadian peacekeeper. Boyd retired in 2007 from the armed forces with the rank of Captain.

Legion and ladies’ auxiliary service pins were also distributed Monday night.

Organizations: River Hebert Branch, Royal Canadian Legion

Geographic location: RIVER HEBERT, Korea, Canada Vimy Ridge Joggins High-Crest Nursing Home Cumberland South Lower Cove Advocate Harbour

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