The Village of Merrickville-Wolford remembered the fallen at their annual Remembrance Day ceremony at the Cenotaph on Friday morning.
The howling wind and chill in the air didn’t stop members of the Legion, Merrickville-Wolford Council, and kids from the Scouts and Girl Guides of Canada from marching from the Legion to the Cenotaph on St. Lawrence Street, accompanied by the traditional sound of the bagpipes.
A large group of people surrounded the cenotaph, awaiting the arrival of the parade and the start of the ceremony. Along with the traditional playing of the last post and moment of silence, there was a scripture reading and several prayers by the leaders of the various churches in the community. A prayer was said for the Queen, the fallen, for our country, and peace.
The most moving part of the morning was the wreath-laying, where members of the community had the opportunity to lay a wreath in honour of a fallen loved one. Service groups, local businesses, families and schools laid their wreaths, pausing for a moment to remember those they had chosen to honour. At the end of the ceremony, people were encouraged to add their poppies to an empty wreath by the podium as their own gesture of remembrance and respect.
After the ceremony, the Legion invited everyone to a pot luck lunch and also supplied hot dogs and much-needed hot chocolate for the kids at the community centre.