Remembrance Day in Cornwall has message of hope

Scenes from the Remembrance Day service in Cornwall, Ont. on Monday, Sept. 11, 2019 (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

Note: There is a gallery of photos at the bottom of this story.

CORNWALL – It was cold and damp but the snow held off Monday morning for the Remembrance Day service in Cornwall.

Hundreds lined Second Street West and around the cenotaph. While the crowd was sizable it was considerably less than last year, possibly due to the weather.

Rev. Kevin Maloney spoke about the meaning of cenotaph, reflecting on its history as a Greek word for an empty tomb for the war dead. Greece fought many battles overseas where they couldn’t bring home those who made the sacrifice, he said.

“Today, we gather together at this cenotaph – our cenotaph – to remember. Remembering can sometimes be a sad occasion but it can also be a time of hope. When we remember those words of St. Paul. ‘We would not want to leave you brothers and sisters like those who have no hope for we believe the dead will rise again.’ Today we come to remember not only in sadness but in hope,” Maloney said.

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 297 President Hugh Primeau says the only thing to say today is thank you – to the veterans and residents. “There’s nothing more we can do than say thank you. But (also) remember – and that’s what it is – we will remember.”

After the speeches and prayers, dignitaries, local businesses and others laid wreaths at the base of the cenotaph while the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets Corps 110 Stormont played.

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