Annual Remembrance Day ceremonies held inside at legion
PARRSBORO – Parrsboro remembered its fallen heroes today with a large gathering at the legion.
Veterans of all colours and stripes marched among legion members, air cadets, and other uniformed personnel such as firefighters and RCMP officers, laying wreaths at an indoor cenotaph designed for the occasion. The decision was made to move the ceremony indoors the night before, due to weather concerns.
“So here we are all gathered today to remember those who served, who paid with their lives, for those who survived but are forever scarred by their service,” said Keith Odlin, president of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 45. “Their sacrifices have given us our freedoms that we in this great country we call our home and native land enjoy.”
While no Canadians were lost on the battlefield during the past year, Odlin described 2013 as a “year of remembrance,” citing events such as the presentation of Diamond Jubilee Century of Service awards to members of the community; the declaration of the Year of the Korean Veteran; the Battle of Atlantic ceremony on the Parrsboro pier in May; and his own experience escorting cadets from across Canada to a remembrance ceremony at the Royal Air Force Memorial in the U.K. during the summer.
He also pointed to those young men and women from Parrsboro who are now serving in the armed forces, several of which were on hand for the ceremony. All stood at attention as one of their own, airman Master Corporal Mike Henderson, read the names that are on the Parrsboro cenotaph, of those who made the supreme sacrifice.
“Remembrance ensures that the past is not forgotten, both the good and the bad times, with a hope that our future will be better,” said Odlin. “Our future is often right beside us, around us, among us, so today on this day of remembrance I would ask of you all to thank a veteran for the sacrifices they made and to find a current serving member with us today; to thank them for today, as we remember.”
Later in the afternoon, the annual Remembrance Day ceremony took place in Port Greville. This event was also moved inside this year, taking place at the Port Greville Baptist Church.