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More Than 500 Attend Richmond Remembrance Day

An estimated crowd of well over 500 people gathered in front of the cenotaph at Richmond Memorial Park for the 2023 Richmond Remembrance Day ceremony Sat. Nov. 11.

It was a poignant ceremony hosted by Royal Canadian Legion Richmond Branch 625.

The event started with the veterans, emergency workers and military personnel gathering at the Richmond Shopping Plaza to march to the cenotaph.

Among the dignitaries in attendance were Carleton MPP Goldie Ghamari and Rideau-Jock Councillor David Brown.

Eric Booth of the Richmond Legion served as the MC for the ceremony. Wendy Ryan laid a wreath on behalf of the Richmond Legion, and Sharon Murphy was the Silver Cross Mother. Peter Dyke of Grace Baptist Church delivered the prayer. Richmond Legion Past President Brian Goss also spoke. South Carleton High School student Kieran Driscoll was the trumpeter.

As is tradition in Richmond, a South Carleton High School student read the poem, In Flanders Fields. This year, it was read by Sarah King. After the ceremony, those in attendance left their poppies at the cenotaph as per tradition.

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders Fields, the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row,

That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead, short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved and were loved, and now we lie

In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:

To you from failing hands we throw

The torch; be yours to hold it high.

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders fields.

–John McCrae