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Remembrance Day In Port Elgin

Port Elgin | by John Divinski  

Hundreds turned out for Remembrance Day ceremonies in Port Elgin and Southampton.

Photo By John Divinski 

Despite the snowy and damp conditions, hundreds turned out for Remembrance Day ceremonies in both Port Elgin and Southampton.

Following the traditional observances at 11am at both Cenotaphs, Southampton continued with special sunset events, marking the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I.

At 4pm in Southampton, the Bells of Peace rang out 100 times from St. Paul's Anglican Church and the bell tower of the Southampton Town Hall to mark the anniversary.

It was followed by a 21-gun salute.

In Port Elgin at the 11am service young cadets assisted in the ceremonies including 12 year old Teagan Penner of Paisley.

With her 14 year old sister Sophie standing beside her, Teagan says Remembrance Day should be important to everyone because many soldiers fought in several wars to keep Canada free.

She says it helped shape the future of Canada.

The Past President of Branch 340, Royal Canadian Legion in Port Elgin, Mike Atkinson couldn't agree more.

He says the Armistice signing was a very important milestone that people should never forget.

Atkinson says a lot of sacrifices were made in World War I and the wars to follow and those who took part should be remembered everyday, not just November 11th.

It was a steady, wet snow that came down, just prior to the service in Port Elgin but Atkinson didn't mind.

He says if you think of what the soldiers had to endure on the battlefields, spending a half-hour in inclement weather was the least people could do.

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