In previous years as many as 1000 people were at Cobourg’s Remembrance day ceremonies at the Cenotaph in Victoria Park but this year, they were asked to stay at home and watch the ceremony streamed on the Town’s You-Tube channel. Despite this, at least 150 came anyway although they did stay well spaced. The streaming was organized by local media entrepreneur Graham Beer and his video is now on the Town’s You-Tube channel – see below. Also below is my summary video (4 minutes) which gives an idea of what it’s like. Not everyone watched the live streaming (around 250) but a good number remembered in other ways – many stood outside their front doors at 11:00 am and observed 2 minutes of silence. Others posted signs in their front yard (see sample below).
Canada’s Air Force, based in Trenton, were supposed to fly three Hercules aircraft over the Highway of Heroes at about 11:00 am – but this was revised to two aircraft around 1;15pm.
Jaye Bevan, Legion past President and Chairman, led the ceremony and commented that “the public were not supposed to be here but we understand” and “we appreciate it”. The ceremony was very similar to previous years with a strong religious emphasis led by Rev. Art King. As well as Christian Scripture readings and prayers, there was also a reading of “In Flanders Field”, Chris Devlin in Concert Band uniform played Last Post and Mary Ito of Legion Pipes and Drums played the Lament.
Then a group of dignitaries (VIPs) including Mayor John Henderson and Warden Bob Sanderson laid wreaths followed by Jaye reading out a long list of those who had bought wreaths but were not able to lay them personally as in previous years. You can hear the full list on the complete event Video – starting at 45:58.
Summary of Event
Video on Town of Cobourg You-Tube channel and produced by Graham Beer of Cobourg Media. Video below starts when event started.
- Remembrance Day 2020 – Announcement – 3 November 2020
- Remembrance Day 2015 – Video
- Remembrance Day 2018 – Post with 11 photos.