St. George shows strong support for veterans

News Nov 14, 2017 by Mike Peeling Brant News

Support for veterans hasn’t waned since 2014 in St. George, when residents turned out in record numbers of 400 to show their respect at the cenotaph on Remembrance Day.

Easily a few hundred people attended St. George Memorial Park, at the corner of Main Street and Beverly Street, to take in the ceremony to remember the sacrifices of all those who have served and those who lost their lives during conflicts going back more than 100 years.

Despite being an unusually cold Remembrance Day, the attendance matched 2014, which showed the increased awareness of military sacrifice due to the attack on Parliament Hill that resulted in the death of Corporal Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent being run down in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec.

Holly Elliott of the St. George Royal Canadian Legion Branch 605 said they had a “fantastic turnout” of 288 people who enjoyed lunch at the legion just up the street, an indication there were even more people at the ceremony.

“We had over 400 people at the ceremony,” Elliott said.

As always, veterans, elected officials, police officers, firefighters, paramedics and students, to name just a few, lay wreaths at the cenotaph, but in St. George they called for residents to offer an act of remembrance.

Anyone who was a veteran or who wanted to do something symbolic to remember a veteran was asked to lay their poppies on the cenotaph. At least a dozen people took advantage of the opportunity.

Among them was Stuart Hughes, a veteran of the Royal Navy. From 1961 to 1968, Hughes served as the lead cook aboard boats that travelled abroad near Iceland, in the Baltic Sea and Far Eastern countries such as Malaysia.

He was part of a crew that patrolled the Strait of Malacca in support of the Royal Gurkha Rifles.

“I lay my poppy down in memory of my grandfather,” Hughes said. “He served during the Boer War in Africa.”

Hughes’ father and some of his uncles all served during the Second World War.

“They all came back,” he said.

At the legion hall, the winners of the annual youth poster and literary contest were announced.

“Some pretty great talent from our young people of the area,” Elliott said. “And one of our winners from last year, seven-year-old Abriel Hart, won first at (the) branch, zone, district and provincial (levels) and then placed second at the dominion level. Her poster was on display at Parliament Hill over the week of remembrance.”

Abriel read the poem In Flanders Fields during the ceremony at the cenotaph.

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 605

Poster & Literary Contest Winners 2017

Primary Colour

1st, Maelle Enter Home.

2nd, JoyAnna Enter Home.

3rd, Kava Versteeg Hope Reformed.

Primary Black & White

1st, Abriel Hart Home.

2nd, Maelle Enter Home.

3rd, JoyAnna Enter Home.

Junior Colour

1st, Jared Kikkert Hope Reformed.

2nd, Callie Veldma Hope Reformed.

3rd, Hailey Holgate Glen Morris.

Junior Black & White

1st, Justin Enter Home.

2nd, Lily Anderson St. George-German.

3rd, Lauren Markle St. George-German.

Intermediate Colour

1st, Jordan Enter Home.

2nd, Kezia Hart Home.

3rd, Ella Anderson St. George-German.

Intermediate Black & White

1st, Lauren Haley St. John’s.

2nd, Andrew Enter Home.

3rd, Josiah Knor Hope Reformed.

Senior Essay

1st, Leanne Biersteker Hope Reformed.

Intermediate Essay

1st, Jordan Enter Home.

2nd, AndrewEnter Home.

3rd, Tianna Kikkert Hope Reformed.

Intermediate Poem

1st, Jordan Enter Home.

2nd, Andrew Enter Home.

St. George shows strong support for veterans

County of Brant community continues to attract large crowd on Remembrance Day

News Nov 14, 2017 by Mike Peeling Brant News

Support for veterans hasn’t waned since 2014 in St. George, when residents turned out in record numbers of 400 to show their respect at the cenotaph on Remembrance Day.

Easily a few hundred people attended St. George Memorial Park, at the corner of Main Street and Beverly Street, to take in the ceremony to remember the sacrifices of all those who have served and those who lost their lives during conflicts going back more than 100 years.

Despite being an unusually cold Remembrance Day, the attendance matched 2014, which showed the increased awareness of military sacrifice due to the attack on Parliament Hill that resulted in the death of Corporal Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent being run down in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec.

Holly Elliott of the St. George Royal Canadian Legion Branch 605 said they had a “fantastic turnout” of 288 people who enjoyed lunch at the legion just up the street, an indication there were even more people at the ceremony.

“We had over 400 people at the ceremony,” Elliott said.

As always, veterans, elected officials, police officers, firefighters, paramedics and students, to name just a few, lay wreaths at the cenotaph, but in St. George they called for residents to offer an act of remembrance.

Anyone who was a veteran or who wanted to do something symbolic to remember a veteran was asked to lay their poppies on the cenotaph. At least a dozen people took advantage of the opportunity.

Among them was Stuart Hughes, a veteran of the Royal Navy. From 1961 to 1968, Hughes served as the lead cook aboard boats that travelled abroad near Iceland, in the Baltic Sea and Far Eastern countries such as Malaysia.

He was part of a crew that patrolled the Strait of Malacca in support of the Royal Gurkha Rifles.

“I lay my poppy down in memory of my grandfather,” Hughes said. “He served during the Boer War in Africa.”

Hughes’ father and some of his uncles all served during the Second World War.

“They all came back,” he said.

At the legion hall, the winners of the annual youth poster and literary contest were announced.

“Some pretty great talent from our young people of the area,” Elliott said. “And one of our winners from last year, seven-year-old Abriel Hart, won first at (the) branch, zone, district and provincial (levels) and then placed second at the dominion level. Her poster was on display at Parliament Hill over the week of remembrance.”

Abriel read the poem In Flanders Fields during the ceremony at the cenotaph.

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 605

Poster & Literary Contest Winners 2017

Primary Colour

1st, Maelle Enter Home.

2nd, JoyAnna Enter Home.

3rd, Kava Versteeg Hope Reformed.

Primary Black & White

1st, Abriel Hart Home.

2nd, Maelle Enter Home.

3rd, JoyAnna Enter Home.

Junior Colour

1st, Jared Kikkert Hope Reformed.

2nd, Callie Veldma Hope Reformed.

3rd, Hailey Holgate Glen Morris.

Junior Black & White

1st, Justin Enter Home.

2nd, Lily Anderson St. George-German.

3rd, Lauren Markle St. George-German.

Intermediate Colour

1st, Jordan Enter Home.

2nd, Kezia Hart Home.

3rd, Ella Anderson St. George-German.

Intermediate Black & White

1st, Lauren Haley St. John’s.

2nd, Andrew Enter Home.

3rd, Josiah Knor Hope Reformed.

Senior Essay

1st, Leanne Biersteker Hope Reformed.

Intermediate Essay

1st, Jordan Enter Home.

2nd, AndrewEnter Home.

3rd, Tianna Kikkert Hope Reformed.

Intermediate Poem

1st, Jordan Enter Home.

2nd, Andrew Enter Home.

St. George shows strong support for veterans

County of Brant community continues to attract large crowd on Remembrance Day

News Nov 14, 2017 by Mike Peeling Brant News

Support for veterans hasn’t waned since 2014 in St. George, when residents turned out in record numbers of 400 to show their respect at the cenotaph on Remembrance Day.

Easily a few hundred people attended St. George Memorial Park, at the corner of Main Street and Beverly Street, to take in the ceremony to remember the sacrifices of all those who have served and those who lost their lives during conflicts going back more than 100 years.

Despite being an unusually cold Remembrance Day, the attendance matched 2014, which showed the increased awareness of military sacrifice due to the attack on Parliament Hill that resulted in the death of Corporal Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent being run down in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec.

Holly Elliott of the St. George Royal Canadian Legion Branch 605 said they had a “fantastic turnout” of 288 people who enjoyed lunch at the legion just up the street, an indication there were even more people at the ceremony.

“We had over 400 people at the ceremony,” Elliott said.

As always, veterans, elected officials, police officers, firefighters, paramedics and students, to name just a few, lay wreaths at the cenotaph, but in St. George they called for residents to offer an act of remembrance.

Anyone who was a veteran or who wanted to do something symbolic to remember a veteran was asked to lay their poppies on the cenotaph. At least a dozen people took advantage of the opportunity.

Among them was Stuart Hughes, a veteran of the Royal Navy. From 1961 to 1968, Hughes served as the lead cook aboard boats that travelled abroad near Iceland, in the Baltic Sea and Far Eastern countries such as Malaysia.

He was part of a crew that patrolled the Strait of Malacca in support of the Royal Gurkha Rifles.

“I lay my poppy down in memory of my grandfather,” Hughes said. “He served during the Boer War in Africa.”

Hughes’ father and some of his uncles all served during the Second World War.

“They all came back,” he said.

At the legion hall, the winners of the annual youth poster and literary contest were announced.

“Some pretty great talent from our young people of the area,” Elliott said. “And one of our winners from last year, seven-year-old Abriel Hart, won first at (the) branch, zone, district and provincial (levels) and then placed second at the dominion level. Her poster was on display at Parliament Hill over the week of remembrance.”

Abriel read the poem In Flanders Fields during the ceremony at the cenotaph.

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 605

Poster & Literary Contest Winners 2017

Primary Colour

1st, Maelle Enter Home.

2nd, JoyAnna Enter Home.

3rd, Kava Versteeg Hope Reformed.

Primary Black & White

1st, Abriel Hart Home.

2nd, Maelle Enter Home.

3rd, JoyAnna Enter Home.

Junior Colour

1st, Jared Kikkert Hope Reformed.

2nd, Callie Veldma Hope Reformed.

3rd, Hailey Holgate Glen Morris.

Junior Black & White

1st, Justin Enter Home.

2nd, Lily Anderson St. George-German.

3rd, Lauren Markle St. George-German.

Intermediate Colour

1st, Jordan Enter Home.

2nd, Kezia Hart Home.

3rd, Ella Anderson St. George-German.

Intermediate Black & White

1st, Lauren Haley St. John’s.

2nd, Andrew Enter Home.

3rd, Josiah Knor Hope Reformed.

Senior Essay

1st, Leanne Biersteker Hope Reformed.

Intermediate Essay

1st, Jordan Enter Home.

2nd, AndrewEnter Home.

3rd, Tianna Kikkert Hope Reformed.

Intermediate Poem

1st, Jordan Enter Home.

2nd, Andrew Enter Home.