It’s a little extra special these days, but attending the Memorial Day parade is something Suzanne Hiron and Brendan Fudge have done nearly all of their lives.
The Corner Brook couple have made the annual recognition of the Newfoundland soldiers who risked and sacrificed their lives in the Battle of Beaumont Hamel a part of every July 1 since they were young cadets.
“It’s just natural for us to do,” said Hiron after attending Sunday’s ceremony in Corner Brook. “It’s just a part of our lives.”
Now when they go, they get to see their two sons, 15-year-old Daniel Hiron and 13-year-old Riley Hiron doing their part as current members of the Royal Canadian sea cadets Corps Curling.
At Sunday’s ceremony, Daniel was one of the four somber-looking cadets who stood sentry and the base of the Bay of Islands War Memorial. Riley was the Canadian flag bearer for the corps.
It was a proud moment for their parents.
“I have a tear in my eye every time I come,” said their mom.
The weather for Sunday’s ceremony was not the best as a steady rain fell on the cadets, war veterans, Royal Canadian Legion members, special guests and spectators who were at the event.
Hiron and Fudge have certainly seen their fair share of both fair and foul weather during these parades through the years. The elements will never deter them from coming out to pay their respects before going on to celebrate Canada Day later in the day.
“To us, the remembrance part of it extremely important,” said Fudge. “We like to come and join in and remember all of our fallen soldiers.”