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REMEMBRANCE DAY 2017

Lest we forget: Northumberland County Legion branches plan for Nov. 11

Cecilia Nasmith

By Cecilia Nasmith, Northumberland Today

CECILIA NASMITH Northumberland Today
Members of Brighton Legion Branch 100 are selling Memorial Candles for $5, to honour a fallen service member or a veteran - and in support of its trust fund for veterans. All candles will burn through the night at the Memorial Park cenotaph as part of the overnight vigil the local army cadets will provide.

CECILIA NASMITH Northumberland Today Members of Brighton Legion Branch 100 are selling Memorial Candles for $5, to honour a fallen service member or a veteran - and in support of its trust fund for veterans. All candles will burn through the night at the Memorial Park cenotaph as part of the overnight vigil the local army cadets will provide.

NORTHUMBERLAND — Royal Canadian Legion branches throughout Northumberland County are putting the final touch on Remembrance Day plans to ensure that — in the words of Robert Laurence Binyon’s poem For The Fallen — “At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.”

Port Hope Branch 30 (29 Thomas St.) will have a Nov. 11 service at 10:30 a.m. at the Port Hope cenotaph in Memorial Park. The branch will also host an informal luncheon (mainly for the veterans) before the afternoon service at the Canton cenotaph. The traditional veterans’ dinner takes place that evening.

Grafton Branch 580 will begin its ceremony at 10:45 a.m. at the cenotaph on the grounds  of the Haldimand Memorial Arena (10766 County Rd. 2). In the evening, they will host a Remembrance Day dinner and honours-and-awards presentation at 6 p.m. at the branch (10240 County Rd. 2, west of Grafton).

Hastings Branch 106 is planning an 11 a.m. service at the cenotaph, centrally located at the traffic lights. Afterwards, the branch (at 10 Front St. W.) invites everyone back for a time of fellowship.

Members of Campbellford Branch 103 (34 Bridge St. W.) will form up for a parade to the cenotaph, leaving the branch at 10:45 a.m. and arriving prior to 11 a.m. Anyone who wishes can join in to bring up the rear of the parade, or go directly to the cenotaph for the service. Afterwards, a light lunch will be offered at the branch, after which the president, poppy chair, sergeant-at-arms and padre will go to another cenotaph on the Trent River for a smaller ceremony.

Members of Colborne Branch 187 (92 King St. E.) will officiate at the service at the Colborne cenotaph in Victoria Square. The parade forms up at 10:30 a.m. behind Mac’s Milk. The service at the cenotaph starts at 11 a.m.

There will be a dinner held at the Legion that evening with guest speaker Manuela Joannou of Project Trauma Support, a support project for military and first responders suffering from PTSD. The dinner is catered by Black Dress Catering, and the cost for veterans and companion is no charge — $20 for all others. Please call 905-355-5479 to reserve your seat.

Warkworth Branch 380 will take care of the 11 a.m. observance at the Castleton cenotaph, with Councillor Ed Van Egmond representing the municipality.
Bewdley Branch 577 (5063 Main St.) will have its Remembrance Day service at the branch Nov. 11, starting at 10:45 a.m. The ladies’ auxiliary will provide a light lunch afterwards.

The branch will host a Remembrance Day Dinner that evening. There will be socializing from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., and a roast-beef dinner to follow. Tickets are $12, available at the Legion.

Poppy chair Bob McKay of Brighton Branch 100 (26 Park St.) said they plan their poppy campaign Oct. 27 through Nov. 11, an initiative that raised more than $14,000 last year.

Members held their church parade Nov. 8, and continued sales of Memorial Candles in the days leading up to Remembrance Day. Purchase one of the red candles for $5 in honour of a veteran (or in memory of a fallen serviceman or -woman), and it will be part of the Nov. 10 overnight candlelight vigil. McKay said these funds are placed in a trust fund for veterans.

On Nov. 10, starting at 6:30 p.m., the Brighton Army Cadets will take their positions at  the Memorial Park cenotaph in the glow of the candles. If you can’t be present to place your own candle, the cadets will do this duty in between shifts on guard through the night.

The next day at 10 a.m., the Remembrance Day parade and service will take place at the cenotaph. And at 6 p.m. at the branch, they will host their Veterans’ Dinner.

Cobourg Legion Branch 133 (136 Orr St.) distributed its poppy boxes throughout the community Oct. 27, with poppy tagging at various locations throughout town Nov. 2 through 4.

Calvary Baptist Church hosted their Service of Remembrance Nov. 5. Later that day, Cobourg Legion members were at the Alderville cenotaph for that community’s Remembrance Parade and service.

Local cadets will report to the Cobourg cenotaph in Victoria Park at 6 p.m. Nov. 10 for their overnight vigil, and members of the community are invited to come out and show their support — as well as to the 10:15 a.m. parade and cenotaph service Nov. 11.

The branch hosts its Remembrance Dinner that night at 5:15 p.m. Veterans are admitted free (tickets are $15 otherwise).

No Legion branch is close enough to be associated with the Cold Springs cenotaph, located on Burnham Street North near the Cold Springs Memorial Hall. Hamilton Township administrative assistant Pam Tinney said these services are usually arranged by Brenda Leonard, who works with the Cobourg Legion branch.

This year, the parade will form up at the Cold Springs hall at 10:45 a.m., crossing over to the cenotaph for an 11 a.m. service.

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