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Valour Day Memorial honours Brantford’s war efforts

Local NewsValour Day Memorial honours Brantford’s war efforts

The Valour Day memorial and parade, hosted by the 56th Field Artillery Regiment of the Royal Canadian Artillery, took place at the Cenotaph in Brantford on Saturday, September 24, 2022.

Over 50 residents attended the event, some of whom were former members of the regiment and veterans. 

Members of the 56th Field Artillery Regiment follow their commanding officer’s instructions during the Valour Day Parade and Memorial on Saturday, September 24, 2022.

As part of its event, the 56th Field Artillery Regiment established strong community connections with Brantford’s citizens. Guests engaged in meaningful conversations with members of the regiment throughout the event.

The parade consisted of members of the regiment marching to and from the Sergeant William Merrifield VC Armoury. 

Captain Sal Abbruscato, the operations officer, hosted and emceed the memorial. 

Captain Sal Abbruscato speaks to the crowd during the Valour Day Parade and Memorial on Saturday, September 24, 2022.

The ceremony began with the playing of “O Canada,” followed by historical facts about Sargent William Merrifield, a man known for his bravery and loyalty to his country. 

Paul Williamson made a heartfelt speech and celebrated the “mighty people who fought for our country.” 

Paul Williamson makes a heartwarming speech during the Valour Day Parade and Memorial on Saturday, September 24, 2022.

Following the playing of “The Last Post,” a moment of silence was observed to honor former Canadian soldiers. 

Honourary Colonel Paul Williamson salutes during the playing of “The Last Post”during the Valour Day Parade and Memorial on Saturday, September 24, 2022.

The ceremony ended with members of the 56th Field Artillery Regiment marching back to their armoury.

Incoming Regimental Sergeant Major, Chief Warrant Officer Dennis Shaughnessy (left) shakes hands with Regimental Second in Command, Major Dave Vreugdenhil (right) during the Valour Day Parade and Memorial on Saturday, September 24, 2022.

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