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by Isabel Mosseler
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Remembrance Day in West Nipissing was very well attended in this year of commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Armistice. Ceremonies were held throughout the region honouring the memory of those who lost their lives in two World Wars and subsequent conflicts, and those who served and returned forever changed.

While the number of the elder veterans dwindles as the years go by, and the parade gets shorter, in West Nipissing they still march and carry the colours, their ranks bolstered by young cadets, police officers and firemen, Knights of Columbus and Freemasons, and a grateful public. On Sunday, September 11, MC Marcel Charbonneau called on the Colour Guard to bring their flags into a packed house at the Marcel Noël Hall, and it quickly became evident that the hour-long service was an emotional affair for many.

The service began with a hearty rendition of O Canada by the West Nipissing Scouts and their leaders. Royal Canadian Legion Branch 225 president Denise Driver and West Nipissing Mayor Joanne Savage provided a welcome address, one delivered in English, the other in French. “As we gather on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, on the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice of WW1, may we pause to remember all those who by sea, land and in the air gave their all for the freedoms we enjoy today. We are also aware of the many sacrifices that our men and women are making overseas once again. …We continue to pray for and support our brave men and women in uniform today.”

A Last Post was bugled by Benoit Labelle, followed by two minutes of silence and a Piper’s Lament by Bob Jolley. The Roll Call was delivered by Richard Colombe, who named all the servicemen that lost their lives in WW1, WW2, and the NATO actions of Korea and Cyprus. An Act of Remembrance was delivered by Darrel McLeod in English and by Zoë and Tessa McLeod in French, with the girls dressed in their regalia. 



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Remembrance observed throughout WN