The Shelburne Freelancer
Shelburne Remembrance Day 2015
Opening Ceremonies In The Great Hall At Shelburne's Royal Canadian Legion Branch 220
The Ceremony Held At The Cenotaph
Remembrance Day At Dufferin Oaks 2015
Dinner Ceremony In The Great Hall Hosted At The Royal Canadian Legion 220 Branch Served up by the 164 Shelburne Air Cadets
Remembrance Day 2015, A Day To Remember
Remembrance Day in Shelburne began at Shelburne's Royal Canadian Legion 220 Branch with Opening Ceremonies. Reverend Gord Horsley, Legion Padre, delivered prayer following "Oh Canada" performed by Joan Wallace, accompanied by singers from Glenbrook Elementary School. In his first Remembrance Day address, Mayor Ken Bennington delivered a powerful, moving account of Remembrance Day memories and family history. MP David Tilson, expressed his being honored by attending the Shelburne Ceremony. Lavinia Trask spoke on behalf of MPP Sylvia Jones, Murray Irwin performed two songs,Pastor,Reverend Don Hume, and guest speaker, delivered a message, Comrade Linda Orvis delivered the reading of the names of the fallen(1914-1918) Joan Wallace(1939-1945) and Legion President, Lesa Peat (2000-2015). The Color Party and Bugler, Stan Elliotson began and ended the ceremony marking the walk to the Cenotaph where crowds gathered in record numbers.
The Ceremony at the Cenotaph, a somber affair began with Legion Padre, Reverend Gord Horsley, Master of Ceremony, introducing singer, Joan Wallace and Glenbrook Elementary School Students performing, "Oh Canada", WWII Veteran, David Barr, 93 recited the famous poem, In Flander's Field. After Last Post, Silence, Lament, Reveille, the Act of Remembrance brought tears to some with the Placing of the Wreaths and Placing Poppies on the Cross. With record numbers attending the ceremony, the fallen were very close to the hearts of Shelburnites as photographs portray the sadness in missing loved ones, the gratitude for fallen soldier's sacrifice, the dedication and devotion to remember. Some of Shelburne's oldest veterans attended the ceremony, and our WWII Veterans, some in their nineties, stood tall in salute, laid wreaths, providing an example of pride, honor and bravery rarely seen today.In a rare and wonderful moment, Shelburne's Chief of Police, Kent Moore was photographed with his wife's grandfather, WWII Veteran, Hayden Francis, and his son, Jared Moore.
Visibly moved, Legion Padre, Reverend Gord Horsley's expression of genuine respect and honor for our Veterans, both present and passed revealed his gratitude for their sacrifice, a sentiment echoed throughout the crowd. As if ordered by a higher presence, even the sun and warmth found Shelburne upon this day.
Shelburne Mayor Ken Bennington, The Color Party, Legion Padre, Reverend Gord Horsely accompanied by Reverend, Pastor Don Hume then attended a Remembrance Day Ceremony at Dufferin Oaks which was greatly appreciated by it's residence.
With only a couple of hours to spare, The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 220 who is currently celebrating 85 years of service in Shelburne, hosted their annual dinner in the great hall where the 164 Squadron Air Cadets served dinner under the care of Master of Ceremony, Lynn Allison, former Captain of 164 Squadron of Air Cadets. This year's entire theme included a tribute to law enforcement and Guest Speaker, Media Relation Officer for the OPP, Constable Paul Nancekivell, expressed his gratitude to Veterans, explained how the Shelburne Police, Emergency Services and the OPP work together as a team and are proud to support and service the Town of Shelburne.
Legion President, Lesa Peat proudly accepted a check for $5000, donated by Mary Warman, Ladies Auxiliary President.
Ending the ceremony Reverend Gord Horsley offered words and gifts of thanks. What a wonderful ending to a wonderful day of gratitude, remembrance and reflection.
Once a year
Crowds come my way,
Shed a tear.
And promise they
But now, the light of day has passed,
Pomp and ceremony couldn't last,
In front of me
The wreaths will lay
Passers-by will look away,
The cross once white,
Now covered poppy red,
In memory of the fallen brave,
And I've heard it said,
"In Flander's Field
The poppies grow,"
Yet in Shelburne,
This I know,
There are those who do not look away,
There are those who stop and pray,
And thank me, though I have no name,
For I am,
All who have fallen..
Alone I stand on guard each night,
In memory of the Soldiers' fight,
In the promise to protect and serve,
Provide the life we all deserve,
Should time forget who was lost,
Should time forget all that cost,
So I stand strong, tall and true,
And should you forget me,
I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU.
By Alex Sher