Solid turnout for snowy Remembrance Day service

first_imgThe large crowd at the cenotaph in downtown Chatham didn’t let the weather stop them from remembering the fallen on Monday.An estimated 1,000 people, including many schoolchildren, stood quietly for the Remembrance Day ceremony, one of several that took place throughout the municipality.Tom Mountain, chairperson of the event, said he was “quite surprised” by the number, adding he was happy to see such am “excellent turnout.”With the snow falling, the Chatham-Kent police honour guard, the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 642 Pipe Band, and a group of legion members, veterans and dignitaries marched down King Street West.Local elementary students performed the music and sang a version of John McCrae’s poem, In Flanders Fields.At the ceremony’s conclusion – after all the wreaths were laid – the gathering was invited to place poppies on the cenotaph.Mountain admitted it can be challenging for musicians to play in such conditions but said he was impressed by the day’s performances..However, a scheduled fly-over by four planes had to be cancelled because of the weather.Next year, Mountain said there is a special ceremony in the works to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands. It will take place at Maple Leaf Cemetery.Monday’s event also marked the end of the third annual Christ Church C-K Remembers vigil, which featured residents and groups standing at the cenotaph in shifts since last week.Ron Hunter, one of the organizers, said about 50 people of all ages took part.“We had really good turnout from service groups and individuals,” he said.Hunter added that organizers will try to get the word out about the vigil earlier next year to fill additional time slots.“We see people who are committed to it,” he said. “Whether it would be (people with) family members who were in the war and suffered, but also a lot of those people who recognize the fact we can’t forget about this kind of stuff.”tterfloth@postmedia.comTwitter.com/DailyNewsTTlast_img

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