Remembering in Annapolis Royal

Lawrence Powell
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Published on November 11, 2012

Rev. Canon Ken Vaughan and Port Royal Legion Branch 21 president Martin Field unveiled the new cenotaph in Annapolis Royal during a Remembrance Day service November 11.

Published on November 11, 2012

Singing 'O God Our Help in Ages Past' during the Remembrance Day service in Annapolis Royal November 11.

Published on November 11, 2012

Many wreaths were placed inside the Legion. Others would be laid later as the service moved outdoors to the new Cenotaph.

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A member of the RCMP salutes after laying a wreath at the Annapolis Royal Remembrance Day service.

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Wreaths were laid in honour of many family members who served and by various groups and organizations.

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Faces sometimes tell the whole story.

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The significance of Remembrance Day is not lost on members of today's military.

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After the guard was posted at the cenotaph, the Canadian flag was raised.

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The remaining stones are representative of those who never returned hom.

New cenotaph unveiled and dedicated prior to laying of wreaths

Remembrance Day took on special meaning in Annapolis Royal November 11 as the Port Royal Legion Branch 21 unveiled and dedicated its new cenotaph mid-way through a service that took place inside and outside the Legion.

Several hundred local residents, veterans, cadets, and members of Canada’s modern-day military crowded into the Legion to remember those who served and those who gave their lives to protect the freedom of Canadians.

During the first part of the service inside the Legion, taking part were Rev. Canon Ken Vaughan, United Church Minister Rev. Gordon Delaney, and Annapolis Royal 1st Baptist Church minister Rev. Seth Moore. Legion president Martin Field read ‘In Flanders Fields prior to laying of some of the wreaths.

Outside, the colour party marched to the new cenotaph where posting of the guard and raising of the Canadian flag took place near the location of the new cenotaph. Vaughan and Field unveiled the new monument prior to dedication and blessing.

Silver Cross Mother Edie Cook, confined to a wheelchair, was moved to the front of the cenotaph and, with help, placed the very first wreath at the foot of the new structure.

The cenotaph replaces the previous monument that was erected in 1952 – exactly 60 years ago. Replacement was necessary because of its crumbling condition. Residents can still make donations to help defray costs of the new cenotaph.

Organizations: Port Royal Legion Branch, United Church, Baptist Church

Geographic location: Annapolis Royal, Canada, Silver Cross

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  • jane Nicholson
    November 11, 2012 - 19:53

    Thank you for this lovely story and pictures, Larry.