War is hell! That’s why we remember

A cadet from the 613 Lincoln and Welland Army Cadets participates in the ceremony at the Pelham Peace Park Cenotaph Sunday.

After the notes of the Last Post had faded away, the Wreaths of Remembrance were laid and the cadets were getting on the bus, World War 2 veteran Jim Summersides reflected for a moment in the Pelham Peace Park Sunday Nov. 14/2018.

“We lost a lot of great people over there,” Summersides said. “I lost some really good friends.”

“As long as I am alive I will always remember them,” he said.

Veterans participate in Remembrance Day ceremonies Sunday at the Pelham Peace Park.

“It’s important that we remember because war is hell,” he said. “That’s why we remember. As we look around at what is going on in the world today, I think people are starting to forget that.”

The official Remembrance Day Ceremonies took place in Fonthill and in Welland on Sunday, the Fonthill and the Welland branches of the Royal Canadian Legion traditionally hold the official ceremonies the weekend before Nov. 11 as they have commitments to support other branches on Remembrance Day.

In Pelham, ceremonies were held at cenotaphs in Fenwick, Centennial Park, at the Old Pelham Town Hall and the Pelham Peace Park.

“Today we gather around the Cenotaph with the names of people from Fonthill who never came home from war,” Pelham Mayor Dave Augustyn said. “May the memories of their service and sacrifice be forever engraved in our hearts. Let us never forget them.”

At Chippawa Park in Welland, veterans of yesterday, today and tomorrow were honoured.

“I think it is important for people in general to remember because if we don’t we could make the same mistake again,” Welland Mayor Frank Campion said.

“It’s so important to honour the contributions and sacrifices of our past and present that leads to our future,” he said. “It is so important to us.”

“It’s important to remember so we never really lose these people,” he said. “If we continue to remember they will live on in our minds and our hearts.”

Both the Welland and Fonthill Legions will be holding small in-branch services on Sunday Nov. 11/2018.

Remembrance Day Sunday Nov. 11/2018

In Port Colborne there will be a full services at the Cenotaph at H.H. Knoll Lakeview Park, in Wainfleet, there will be a full service at the township’s Cenotaph. Ceremonies begin at 10:30 a.m. In Fort Erie a ceremony will be held at Mather Arch, in Ridgeway at the Ridgeway Memorial Cemetary Cenotaph (Farr Ave. and Gorham Rd.).

In St. Catharines a parade will leave City Hall at 10:15 marching to the Memorial Park Cenotaph. There will also be a parade leaving the Legion at 138 Chestnut St. going to the Cenotaph at 343 Merritt St. There is also a service at the Imperial Veterans Association, 15 George St.

Remembering the fallen at Chippawa Park in Welland Sunday.





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