Small gathering pays respect at Cornwall Remembrance Day ceremony

The colour guard gets ready to start its procession. Scenes from Remembrance Day in Cornwall, Ont. on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL – With no parade, no bands and no large crowds, it was a very different Remembrance Day ceremony Wednesday in Cornwall.

Instead, to comply with coronavirus rules, the private ceremony had the colour guard, inside a row of barricades to distance veterans from the public, carry flags to the foot of the cenotaph.

With overcast conditions, the rain held off and a warm wind washed over the area as a bugler did his rendition of The Last Post followed by two minutes of silence.

Local MP Eric Duncan, MPP Jim McDonell and Cornwall Mayor Bernadette Clement laid wreaths at the base of the cenotaph. The rest of the wreaths were laid before Wednesday’s ceremony and the supporters were recognized with all the names read aloud.

People still came out to pay their respects with around 125 people scattered out along the grass at the back of Legion Memorial Park and on the sidewalk along Second Street West and Bedford Street.

Click on a thumbnail below to see more photos from today’s ceremony.

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