ST. ANTHONY, N.L.
Though it was cold and the ground was white with snow, there was never any question, the people of St. Anthony were marching on Nov. 11 to pay their respects to veterans.
This year’s ceremonies marked the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War – and the signing of the Armistice on Nov. 11, 1918, to silence the guns.
St. Anthony’s Remembrance Day ceremony began on Sunday as it traditionally begins: a procession, led by the 774 St. Anthony Air Cadets and the 285 Leif Eriksen Sea Cadets as well as the Canadian Rangers and the Royal Canadian Legion, marched from St. Mary’s Anglican Church to the war memorial on East Street.
There, members of the community congregated to pay their respects, remember loved ones and those who lost their lives and served in war.
Many residents remembered their fathers, sons, grandfathers, friends, etcetera by laying wreaths at the memorial.
Boyd Noel, president of the Royal Canadian Legion’s St. Anthony branch, led the proceedings on behalf of the legion.
A prayer was given by Rev. Gus Pendelton and Air Cadet Sgt. Danielle Diamond performed “O Canada” to open the ceremony.
After a two-minute moment of silence, Wes Colbourne provided music on his accordion. He sang and played with conviction as he led the crowd in singing “How Great Thou Art”.
Anglican Church Rev. Katie Taylor-Flynn followed with a thoughtful speech, reflecting on war from a Christian perspective.
As the ceremony proceeded, the sun departed behind an increasingly overcast sky, a few flurries fell and a few chilly winds blew through the crowd.
The weather suited the solemn occasion.
After the laying of the wreaths, the proceedings closed with a stirring rendition of “God Save the Queen” by Tiffany McLean and a prayer from Pentecostal Church Pastor Jeff Elliott.
The Air Cadets led the march out.