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Remembering the fallen

By The Tribune

In this file photo, veterans salute as an air cadets stands guard during the first-ever Remembrance Day ceremonies in Wainfleet in 2014. ALLAN BENNER Tribune Staff

In this file photo, veterans salute as an air cadets stands guard during the first-ever Remembrance Day ceremonies in Wainfleet in 2014. ALLAN BENNER Tribune Staff

With Remembrance Day falling on a Saturday this year, Port Colborne Royal Canadian Legion Branch 56 president Irene Leslie is hoping for a larger turnout of residents at the annual ceremony.

“Our service is at H.H. Knoll Lakeview Park at 10:45 a.m.,” said Leslie. “We usually get between 300 and 500 people, and a lot of students come with schools.”

She said air and sea cadets will be standing watch overnight the cenotaph on top of the hill at the park, bordered by Sugarloaf Street, Elm Street and Fielden Avenue.

Leslie said there are between 60 and 70 wreaths laid out at the cenotaph, which contains a plaque with the names of those who gave their lives in the First and Second World Wars.

The original cenotaph contained just the names of those who died in the First World War. A rededication ceremony held in 1952 saw a larger plaque installed and the names of those who died in the Second World War added.

There are also cenotaphs at Humberstone Centennial Park in Gasline, where a ceremony will be held at 10:45 a.m. as well, and one at a small park on King Street at Neff Street. Wreaths are laid in both of those locations.

If the weather doesn’t cooperate on Saturday, November 11, Leslie said the ceremonies will be moved to the Legion at 67 Clarence St.

“We’ll have a luncheon at the Legion after the ceremony for anyone that wants to come.”

While there are fewer Second World War and Korean War vets at the ceremonies each year, Leslie said  there are younger veterans - those that served in Afghanistan - joining the Legion and attending the ceremony at the park.

As Port Colborne’s ceremony is held, Wainfleet residents can attend the fourth annual Remembrance Day Ceremony at the cenotaph at the corner Park and Sugarloaf Streets.

The ceremony will start at 10:45 a.m. and everyone is invited to the firefighters community hall, right behind the cenotaph, afterwards.

Wainfleet’s cenotaph was built in 2014 and the first-ever ceremony held in November of that year with Legion members from across Niagara and beyond in attendance.

Prior to 2014, those who wanted to remember the fallen had to attend ceremonies in other communities. Wainfleet lost nine men in the First World War and 10 in the Second World War.