Hundreds turn out for Cornwall Remembrance Day ceremony

Scenes from Remembrance Day in Cornwall, Ont. on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL – A few hundred people lined the sidewalks of Second Street West on a cool, windy day for Remembrance Day in Cornwall.

It was sunny for the first half of the ceremony as a gentle wind blew through the cenotaph grounds at Legion Memorial Park on the corner of Bedford Street. The temperature was around 5 degrees.

Dona McNish, first vice president of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 297, led the ceremony that saw a usual turn of events – the colour-party marching in the flags, a trumpeter playing The Last Post, a moment of silence, the recitation of John McCrae’s In Flanders Fields, a prayer from Rev. Kevin Maloney and dignitaries laying wreaths.

McNish said she was officiating because Legion President Marvin Plumadore was recuperating from a “motor vehicle accident” and was “on the road to recovery.”

“I have not sacrificed anything for my freedom. It was given to me by those who sacrificed so much,” McNish said.

“Now it is my responsibility to never forget the service and sacrifices of more than one and a half million Canadian soldiers, sailors, air crew and merchant seaman. They died so I could have the freedom to stand here and talk with you, get an education, get a job, live a free live. I have forever in their debt.”

She noted this year is the 100th anniversary of the poppy and thanked the public for giving money to the poppy campaign.

Sen. Bernadette Clement, MPP Jim McDonell, MP Eric Duncan, Cornwall Mayor Glen Grant were there and laid wreaths.

This was the second year there wasn’t a parade from the Legion branch to the centoaph due to COVID restrictions.

Click on a thumbnail below to see a gallery of photos from the Remembrance Day ceremony.