Walkerton, Mildmay remember those who served, paid the ultimate price

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WALKERTON – Despite an icy wind and requests for people to stay home because of COVID-19, a small group of people went to the Walkerton cenotaph to view an abbreviated Remembrance Day ceremony on Nov. 11.

Most people remained safe at home and viewed the ceremony on Facebook.

Brief though they were, the ceremonies in Walkerton and Mildmay were fitting and dignified. Although there were no parades, there were many wreaths set in place prior to the ceremony. There was a solemn two-minute silence. And there were heart-felt words from all levels of government.

In Walkerton, representatives of Royal Canadian Legion Branch 102 were joined by members of the Ontario Provincial Police, MP Ben Lobb, MPP Lisa Thompson and Brockton Mayor Chris Peabody.

The Legion and government representatives gave short speeches thanking those who have sacrificed so much for our freedom, and who continue to do so – members of the Armed Forces, police, emergency services and volunteers.

Thompson spoke about a 97-year-old veteran who told her he hopes no one ever has to go through what he did.

Peabody summed it up by stating, “Thank you for your service.”

The poppies carefully placed beside many of the names on bricks in the walkway said the same thing. We will not forget.

Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times