A large crowd gathered Wednesday morning along Queen Street at the Court House for the commemorative wreath laying ceremony at the Cenotaph.
David Orazietti MPP joined veterans and members of the community at Remembrance Day services in recognition of the sacrifices made by veterans in Sault Ste. Marie and across Canada.the commemorative wreath laying ceremony at the Cenotaph.
The following is a statement issued by David Orazietti MPP:
On November 11th Canadians across the country pause to acknowledge the Service men and women who lost their lives in wars and conflicts, as well as those currently serving our country at home and abroad.
It is our duty to gather together in solemn remembrance to honour the sacrifices of Canadian soldiers and to wear a poppy as a symbol that we will never forget.
We salute those who serve or have served the nation with courage and honour. This Remembrance Day please take a moment to reflect on those who defend Canada’s freedom. On Remembrance Day, we come together as a community to recognize the outstanding courage and sacrifices of Canada’s men and women in uniform.
Terry Sheehan marked Remembrance Day for the first time as Sault Ste. Marie MP, Sheehand issued the following statement:
Our Veterans exhibit the very best of what it means to be Canadian. Today, as on all days we express our deepest gratitude to those that have protected our democratic rights and freedoms.
Lest we forget
Terry Sheehan, Sault Ste. Marie MP
OTTAWA – As the great bell in the nearby Peace Tower tolled 11, a solemn, two-minute silence fell over a crowd of thousands surrounding the National War Memorial for the annual Remembrance Day ceremony.
Stooped veterans, some wrapped in blankets against the November chill, joined serving members of the Forces and hundreds of ordinary Canadians who lined the sidewalks around the towering granite and bronze memorial under overcast skies.
The silence was broken by the skirl of a piper.
The traditional ritual opened with a bugler sounding the sad notes of the Last Post.
An artillery battery by the East Block of the Parliament Buildings boomed out a 21-gun salute.
The first crash of the guns startled a toddler in the crowd to tears, but the thundering noise stopped moments later and she stared, wide-eyed as a pair of CF-18 jets snarled overhead in a flypast.
A chaplain recited a long list of battles, from Vimy Ridge to Afghanistan, saying the names of the dead must never be forgotten.
Gov. Gen. David Johnston wore a naval officer’s uniform as he placed a wreath at the memorial. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau walked bareheaded to place his tribute.
Johnston said he is deeply grateful for the sacrifices made by veterans.
“Serving others is never easy, particularly for those who serve in uniform,” he said in a statement.
“These women and men risk their lives every day for ideals that we sometimes take for granted. But some things are worth the risk.
“Our freedoms are worth struggling for. Peace is worth striving for. Family and community are worth sacrificing for.”
In a statement, Trudeau paid tribute to generations of sacrifice.
“Members of our Armed Forces — past and present — routinely put their lives on the line for our country,” he said. “They represent the very best of what it means to be Canadian.”
The ceremony included Sheila Anderson of Yellowknife, the Silver Cross mother representing all mothers who have lost children in military service.
She leaned on a cane as she placed her wreath.
Her son, Cpl. Jordan Anderson, was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan in July 2007.
A children’s choir sang In Flanders Fields as dignitaries filed up to place wreaths against the memorial.