We will remember them
In November of each year, Canadians stop to remember and pay tribute to the the fallen soldiers of past conflicts, and to say thank you to the surviving soldiers and the current serving members of our armed forces. Our band proudly supports the Almonte Legion Branch 240 in local services and acts of Remembrance.
It is in November of each year that the Branch 240 part of our name is most poignant, and when we all hold the torch high to support our Legion and veterans.
This year, we participated in three formal services (videos in links) – in Clayton, Pakenham, and Almonte – and also sent pipers to pay at Almonte County Haven, Fairview Manor, and Orchardview.
As well, our members supported the Legion in a private ceremony for recently identified Cpl. George Herbert Ledingham. Ledingham was buried as an unknown soldier in an unmarked grave in France in 1918, was recently identified. He was recently identified by the Directory of History and Heritage — 103 years after his death during the First World War in September 1918. His closest relatives are Almonte siblings Polly Ferdinand, Wayne and Ted McKay, and so it was here that the ceremony was held.
If you heard the pipes this November, we hope you thought of the proud soldiers – past, present and future – who represent our hopes and dreams as Canadians.