St. George remembers
Photo by Lauren Baron, Brant News
A veteran lays a poppy on a wreath at the foot of the St. George cenotaph during the 2012 Remembrance Day service.
David Hunter lost uncles, friends and family during both the First World War and Second World War.
Every year, he makes sure to remember them.
“I think we need to remember these people because we might not have even been here to remember them without their sacrifice,” Hunter said.
Hunter was one of more than 400 people who came out to pay tribute to those who fought for their country during a Remembrance Day ceremony in St. George on Sunday.
The service began with a parade of veterans and scouts down Main Street to the cenotaph, followed by a homily by Rev. Bob Mather-Dyer of St. George Baptist Church.
"War destroys families communities and nations, yet never in our shared histories has any generation been free of war," Mather-Dyer said during the service. “There is, in this broken world, a time for peace and a time for war. When it is time for war we absolutely need our warriors. Our warriors deserve our respect, our warriors deserve our gratitude and our warriors deserve to be remembered.”
Rev. Margaret Shortell, padre of Royal Canadian Legion Branch 605, led the crowd in prayer before the Last Post was played into a moment of silence. Representatives from government and local groups laid wreaths at the foot of the cenotaph and veterans laid down their poppies.
Shannon Bowery fought back tears as she remembered veterans past and present.
“This is part of our history and I think we need to acknowledge the sacrifices that were made,” Bowery said. “It’s timely for our generation and the little ones to know that there is still war going on and there will be more veterans. We need to acknowledge them and we need to take better care of them.”