‘We will remember them’; Remembrance Day service in Cornwall

Scenes from the Remembrance Day ceremony in Cornwall, Ont. on Friday, Nov. 11, 2016. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL – Hundreds of people endured a biting wind – even a few snowflakes – and four degrees Friday morning for a Remembrance Day service in Cornwall.

Royal Canadian Legion Vice Chairman Hugh Primeau Senior led the observance as wreaths were laid the foot of the cenotaph at Second and Bedford Streets.

Following the playing of The Last Post, two minutes of silence was observed where all that could be heard was the clanging of the hooks of the Canadian flag at half staff against the metal flagpole.

“We have to remember, as long as we gather as we did today we will never forget the sacrifice they made,” Primeau said.

In addition to a number of dignitaries and various service groups, were school children, including Grade 4-8 students from St. Columban’s Catholic School on Augustus Street.

A Remembrance Day service at Crysler’s Farm Battlefield, east of Morrisburg, was held earlier in the morning.

In Ottawa, Governor General David Johnston and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau were joined by thousands at the National War Memorial.

This year’s Silver Cross Mother is Colleen Fitzpatrick of B.C., who lost a son during the fighting in Afghanistan.

Click on a thumbnail below to open a gallery of photographs from today’s Remembrance Day ceremony.