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Bay Roberts comes together for solemn Remembrance Day ceremony


The Cenotaph in Bay Roberts prior to the laying of wreaths. — Andrew Robinson/The Compass
The Cenotaph in Bay Roberts prior to the laying of wreaths. — Andrew Robinson/The Compass

BAY ROBERTS, NL — A large crowd surrounded the Cenotaph in Bay Roberts Saturday morning to acknowledge war's significant human cost during the annual Remembrance Day ceremony.

The links to those from Bay Roberts who fought in some of the deadliest battles in human history were evident as people began to lay wreaths around the Cenotaph.

Children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and, in some cases, even great-great-grandchildren stepped forward to honour those who they may only know of through stories shared with them by family members. They honoured veterans who participated in the First and Second World Wars, among others.

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 32 president Ross Petten, left, and Comrade Ernie Mugford salute the Cenotaph after laying a wreath on behalf of the group. — Andrew Robinson/The Compass
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 32 president Ross Petten, left, and Comrade Ernie Mugford salute the Cenotaph after laying a wreath on behalf of the group. — Andrew Robinson/The Compass

"God, we thank you for those that have given the supreme sacrifice," said Capt. Dwayne LeDrew of the local Salvation Army during his closing benediction. "We thank you for those that are still fighting today."

Organized by the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 32, the event started with a parade going from the Legion on Water Street all the way to the Cenotaph, where the colour parties positioned themselves alongside RCMP officers wearing full Mountie uniforms.

After the performance of "The Last Post" and "Reveille" and laying of the wreaths, the event moved back to the Legion for refreshments.

editor@cbncompass.ca

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