Nearly 1000 residents attended the City of Brantford’s annual Remembrance Day ceremony on Thursday, November 11.
The hour-long ceremony took place at the Brant County War Memorial in Brantford, beginning with the Walking March from the Armouries, led by Brantford Pipes and Drums. After the March, the ceremony continued with the playing of “O Canada” led by members of the Brant Men of Song, accompanied by the Telephone City Musical Society Band.
At 10:58 am, Sean Colwell, of the Telephone City Musical Society Band, performed “Last Post,” which was followed by two minutes of silence. Glen Jorgenson then performed the “Lament” on the bagpipes and that was followed by Colwell performing “Rouse.”
Veterans and those who died for our freedoms were then honoured with the wreath-laying ceremony. Guests, along with emergency services personnel, and veterans laid wreaths on behalf of the fallen heroes. Guests laying wreaths during the ceremony included Larry Brock, Member of Parliament for Brantford-Brant, Kevin Davis, Mayor for the City of Brantford, and Mark Hill, Chief from Six Nations of the Grand River Elected Council.
After the laying of the wreaths, the ceremony continued with the hymn “O God Our Help in Ages Past,” followed by Jim Wencel reciting “In Flanders Fields” and concluding with the singing of “God Save the Queen.”
The ceremony also included a flyover by the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum.