Mayor Nancy Peckford issued the following statement on behalf of Council for Remembrance Day:
On behalf of the Municipality of North Grenville and Members of Council, we join with all residents to mark the solemn occasion of Remembrance Day.
Each year on this day, we pause to remember the brave Canadians in uniform who served, and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country during the First and Second World Wars, the Korean War, members of the United Nations’ peacekeeping operations and most recently, Canada’s mission in Afghanistan.
We honour all those who risked their lives for our freedom and those we lost in service of their country.
As well, we extend eternal gratitude to the service men and women who returned from armed conflict and peacekeeping missions, some with physical and emotional scars. We also honour their families who have sacrificed time with their loved ones, in the name of our country.
For so many of us in North Grenville, we have had the great fortune to have never experienced war first-hand. Yet, there are people who have fled war in their homelands for the promise of a better life for their families and have found peace in our community. Let us welcome our newcomers and provide the support they need to live a life free of conflict and war.
On this, the eleventh day of the eleventh month at the eleventh hour, join residents across Canada to remember those who gave their lives in service of their country.
The Municipality of North Grenville will join others within our community in placing a wreath at the Cenotaph in Old Town Kemptville as a symbol of respect and remembrance. Municipal flags will also fly at half-mast.
At 11:00 November 11, I encourage all residents to observe two minutes of silence, and take the time to remember those who have fought for us and our country. Let us pay our respects and gratitude for helping to make Canada the prosperous, free, and secure country we enjoy.
Lest we forget.