With the Woodstock Cenotaph marking its 100th anniversary, a large crowd gathered Thursday morning, Nov. 11, to honour Carleton County veterans and remember those who made the supreme sacrifice.
Although the crowd didn’t match those which filled the corner of Main and Maple Street in pre-COVID days, several hundred lined the streets to take in the sombre ceremony Thursday morning.
Led by the colour guard, a contingent, including a small number of Canadian Forces members, veterans, Legion and ANAVET members, first responders and others, marched to the cenotaph before the ceremony began with Dean Palmer singing O Canada.
As he has for the past 20 years, Jeremy Mills served as master of ceremonies for the event.
Padre Walter Williams Williams delivered the Ode to Remembrance, while Major Marlene Sandoval offered the scripture reading from John 15 verses 12-17.
As in past years, Silver Cross Mother Thora Porter placed the wreath at the base of the century-old monument. Among those laying wreaths were Carleton MLA Bill Hogan on behalf of the province and riding, Mayor Art Slipp on behalf of the town, and Shawn Sappier, for the Woodstock First Nation and all indigenous veterans.
With MP Richard Bragdon attending services elsewhere in the riding, Legion member and military enthusiast Aaron Bouma laid the wreath on behalf of the federal government.
Rev. Shirley Noseworthy delivered the blessing before Palmer closed the ceremony with the traditional singing of God Save The Queen.
Communities throughout the Upper St. John River Valley joined Canadians from coast-to-coast paying homage to those who fought for their nation during the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.
Jim Dumville, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, River Valley Sun