Welland celebrates Remembrance Day at the Legion

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On the eleventh month, on the eleventh day at the eleventh hour more than 250 citizens of Welland, gathered to remember. The Royal Canadian Legion Rose City Branch 4 held a Remembrance Day Service Wednesday a the branch.

Robert Cummings, Master of Ceremonies and Past President stated that today “the ceremony speaks for itself.”

Local students from St. Augustine School and Ecole Champlain attended along with local dignitaries, the Welland and Fire Emergency Services, scout groups, air cadets, sea cadets and guides were in attendance.

More than 30 wreaths representing various groups, organizations, schools and in memory were laid throughout the ceremony. Just as the last wreaths were being laid, in the air the rumble of the Lancaster and another fighter plane flew overhead. The crowd waved as the planes past by and tipped their wings. This Lancaster is one of only two left in the world.

In Flanders Fields, this poem written 100 years ago still holds a place in our hearts. It has provided the ability of local Legions to hold essay, poem and poster contests for local school children to ensure we all remember. In the hall of the Legion in Welland you will find hundreds of posters, poems and thank you cards from local school children. Robert Cummings said “when the older veterans come in and see all of the posters and poems it brings tears to their eyes.”

The Royal Canadian Legion Rose City Branch 4, goes above and beyond by inviting local schools to come to the legion, where a classroom has been set up to see memorabilia and learn first hand what our troops went through each of the wars.

Refreshments were served, along with a cake from the RCL Branch 4 Ladies Auxiliary.

Story and photos by Melanie Ker