Maybe it was because it was the 100th anniversary of Armistice day or maybe because the weather was OK and it was a weekend – but whatever the reason, it was good to see such a large turnout on Sunday at the Remembrance Day ceremonies – I estimated close to 1000 showed their respects. Most of the local representatives of the people (otherwise known as politicians) marched and were at the ceremonies – both MP Kim Rudd and MPP David Piccini laid wreaths. Although Cobourg is still primarily Christian, it was surprising that other beliefs were not respected. Council meetings have become neutral, but it seems this has not extended to November 11 ceremonies. However, I did notice a First Nation presence for the first time – see one of the photos below.
I always love the Bagpipes and they somehow seem to suit this event. Following the band were the politicians: MP Kim Rudd, MPP David Piccini, Mayor Gil Brocanier, incoming Mayor John Henderson, incoming Deputy Mayor Suzanne Séguin and councillors Debra McCarthy, Adam Bureau, Emily Chorley, Nicole Beatty and Aaron Burchat.
It seemed that there were more people watching the parade than usual.
The service was quite moving – it was remarkable how everyone showed their respect with silence. Impressive. Padre Art King finished his “sermon” with “Let there be Peace on earth and let it begin with us”.
The audience was not only larger than previous years, there were more families and young people.
The ceremony had a similar agenda to previous years and included wonderful renditions of the Last Post by a Trumpet soloist and Lament by a Bagpipe soloist.
As has become the practice, four young cadets stood vigil at the cenotaph overnight and at the ceremonies; when this was announced, the audience spontaneously applauded.
At the end of the ceremony, a large number of wreaths were laid – and most of the audience stayed until the end.
At 3 pm, the last performance of Last Day, Last Hour was shown to a sold out crowd in the Old Bailey in Victoria Hall. The day also included some pipers at sunrise on the beach and the bells of several churches and Vic Hall ringing 100 times at sunset. This marks the completion of the Armistice18 commemoration events.
Here are some photos of the 2018 Remembrance Day ceremonies.