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by Brad Aubin

On November 11, millions of people all around the globe stopped in unison to remember the soldiers who gave their life in combat fighting to defend freedom, and to honour still serving men and women who sacrifice so much. In West Nipissing, the traditional is a strong one, as the community gathers at various wreath laying ceremonies, school presentations and marches to highlight Remembrance Day.

The Nov. 11 ceremony in Sturgeon Falls began with a march from the Intercity Refrigeration parking lot, crossing Coursol Rd. into the Complex grounds. Veterans, police officers, cadets, army personnel, air force, as well as community dignitaries followed the piper into the Marcel Noël Hall.

“All the seats were full and we even had people standing at the back,” says Legion Branch 225 First Vice President Denise Driver. “It went very well except for one mistake... I forgot to bring the music with me! So we all sang the National Anthem and the piper played Lament. One gentleman had ‘God Save the Queen’ on his phone so we were able to make do.”

Though the Sturgeon Falls ceremony is the area’s largest, communities across West Nipissing had their own events. 

“We had ceremonies in Cache Bay, Field, Verner, Dokis Reserve, Garden Village, as well as a number of schools across the area. The one in Verner, for example was at the school, and I think they did a great job incorporating both the community as well as the school,” notes Driver. 

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Remembrance observed by young and old