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Act of Remembrance

By Bradford Times Staff

The banners honouring veterans hung from the light standards, interspersed with  red and black Remembrance Day flags.

In storefront windows, red and white signs that simply read, “Thank You,” were prominently displayed.

Yet there were few people who came out to see the Bradford Legion's Remembrance Parade, as it passed down Holland St. to the Legion Cenotaph.

Led by veterans, the Innisfil Pipes and Drums, and a Colour Party, the parade included serving military, cadets, local politicians, guides and scouts, and a contingent from Holy Trinity Catholic High School, who made the trip to Vimy Ridge earlier in the year, for the 100th Anniversary commemoration of the World War I battle.

There were crowds waiting at the Cenotaph on Back St., where a brief service and prayer by Padre Dana Dickson was followed by the Last Post, a lone piper playing the Lament, and a wreath-laying ceremony.

Wreaths were presented on behalf of a grateful Nation, Province and Town – but also in memory of those who served and fell in theatres of war, as well as those who returned as veterans, but have since passed.

Among the individuals honoured were Lt. Milton Vipond of the Queen's Own Rifles, killed while serving in Korea, and Sapper Brian Collier, killed in Afghanistan in 2010. The final wreath hung at the Cenotaph was the “Yellow Ribbon” Wreath, made from the yellow ribbons that were tied around light standards and poles when Brian Collier was laid to rest in his home town of Bradford.

For a 10th year, the Music in Motion Performing Arts  studio's Choir accompanied the ceremony. School founder Jeanette Martin came out of retirement to lead the young singers, from O Canada to the final, God Save the Queen – including a moving rendition of Amazing Grace.

“We thank you for those valiant hearts,” said Rev. Dickson. “Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with us.”

There will be a Remembrance Day Service at the Bradford Legion Cenotaph, 115 Back St., this Saturday, November 11, at 10:30 a.m., including a wreath-laying. All are welcome to attend.