KILLALOE – All was silent as soldiers from Garrison Petawawa’s 2 Service Battalion marched hand-in-hand with local children on November 11.
It was a symbol of soldiers escorting the children into the future and it certainly made a profound impact on spectators before the Remembrance Day service began.
Once the children arrived safely at the municipal office, the soldiers marched and stood at attention, facing the vigil party surrounding the cenotaph.
It was the largest military presence the township has seen on Remembrance Day.
“Today and every day we must all stop and thank the men and women in Canada’s military for their service on behalf of all Canadians,” Mayor Janice Visneskie-Moore said to those gathered. “And we must also remember all those who have given their lives so we can enjoy our freedom. Remember them today and everyday.”
Reverend Susan Clifford led a prayer and thanked active and veteran soldiers.
The honour role was read, acknowledging the service of local men in World War I and II. They included Archibald McDonald, Sylvester Turner, Reginald Thomas, Earl Beach, Ambrose Harrington and Earl Lynch.
KHR Fire Chief Bob Gareau played the Last Post and Councillor Debbie Peplinskie read In Flanders Fields prior to the laying of the wreaths.
For more Rememberance Day photos and local coverage see the November 13, 2013 issue of The Valley Gazette.