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Abbott hosts Remembrance Day ceremony

  • Macdonald High student Justin Vong-Le plants his Canadian flag into the ground around the monument to Macdonald HS and Macdonald College alumni who died during World War II.
    Macdonald High student Justin Vong-Le plants his Canadian flag into the ground around the monument to Macdonald HS and Macdonald College alumni who died during World War II.
    Photo credit: John Mahoney, The Gazette

A large assembly of veterans and students gathered at the athletic field at John Abbott College in Ste. Anne de Bellevue for a Remembrance Day ceremony on Thursday morning.

Veterans from Ste. Anne Hospital, members of the Canadian Grenadier Guards and students from John Abbott, McGill University — Macdonald campus, Macdonald High School and Dorset, St. Patrick and Edgewater Elementary schools formed a procession, lead by three bagpipers, which gathered at the northeast corner of the field.

Blankets were supplied to keep veterans warm. Veterans also had the option to watch the ceremony from the comfort of a bus.

A bronze plaque was unveiled, officially naming the new synthetic field the John Abbott College Memorial Field.

Remembrance Day ceremonies have been and will be taking place at West Island and off-island schools all week.

Tomorrow, students at Evergreen Elementary School in St. Lazare will file into the auditorium, lead by a bagpiper. The ceremony will have a particular focus on soldiers who lost their lives in Afghanistan, with presentations on the subject given by Grade 5 students. Two soldiers who served in Afghanistan will share their experiences with the assembly.

Students and staff from Dorval Elementary School, along with family members, will walk to the Pine Beach Cenotaph for a ceremony, tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. A choir will perform and students will present readings. Veterans will also be in attendance.

The more than 400 Second World War and Korean War veterans at Ste. Anne Hospital will be visited by a parade comprised of members from the Churchill Branch 91 (Que.) of the Royal Canadian Legion, the air cadets of the 867 Squadron from Ile Perrot and a marching band on Sunday.

The parade is organized by the Royal Canadian Legion and sets out from the train station in Ste. Anne de Bellevue at 10:30 a.m.

A ceremony in the Ste. Anne Hospital auditorium will follow. Veterans who cannot attend the service will be able to watch on closed-circuit television in their rooms or in one of the common areas of the hospital.

 

 

 

2 comments

  1. Some of Marois family were drafted for the 2nd world, sent to Newfoundland, after the war someone shook a tree and they all fell out. That’s just how much she respects the poppy and Veterans day .

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