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Monday, November 11, 2019

Saugeen Shores Remembers

Saugeen Shores | by Megan Johnson  

The Port Elgin Legion Branch #340 kicked-off Remembrance Day with a Sunday Service

Port Elgin Legion Branch #340 Colour Party leading the way for Veterans and Dignitaries (Nov 11.) 

Across Canada this morning millions of Canadians honoured the memory of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country on this Day of Remembrance.

In Saugeen Shores hundreds gathered at two ceremonies where Colour Parties, Veterans and Dignitaries marched through the street to lay wreaths at the Southampton Cenotaph on High Street and the Port Elgin Cenotaph on Mill Street, to mark 101 years since the signing of the Armistice.

Port Elgin Legion Branch #340 Padre Chuck Beaton resided over today's service and says he's very much aware of the cost of war that Canada and the other free nations paid.

"We paid a tremendous price for that...so our freedom is not free, somebody paid for that and it's a day to honour that, we honour those who gave their lives."

Robert Harrison Legion Branch #340 President says the Legion were guests at Tolmie Presbyterian Church yesterday (Nov.10) where Saugeen Shores Veterans were honoured. 

"We had a modern veteran, who was in the Royal Marines speak about his time in Afghanistan."

Harrison adds Padre Beaton spoke about a WWII vet he met when he first became Padre for the Port Elgin Branch; before his passing in 2016.

"Major John "Jack" Gross, it's quite amazing his group was actually on the beach on D-Day before D-Day. They were a signal core and they went in first and they had to set up communications for the guys coming in off the boats."

Later in the war Gross was knighted by King Leopold II of Belgium with the Cross of War.

Paying respect to wars of the past runs in the Gross family as "Jacks" nephew is Canadian screen legend Paul Gross who wrote and directed Canadian War films Passchendaele and Hyena Road.

Both Legions invited the public for Remembrance events following morning services. 

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