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3201 Austen Cambon Reflects on Remembrance Day
Hello from Oakville and Toronto.
For the first time in years I did not deliver a Remembrance Day address anywhere. However, I received a number of very nice messages from folks who knew this would be a special day for me.
Our family has so much to be thankful for every Remembrance Day. My brother Ken and my two sisters, Bunny and Noreen, both served overseas during WWII and they all came back. So many did not. We all owe so much to so many for our freedom. LEST WE FORGET.
This year I was very fortunately able to once again participate in the Royal Canadian Legion’s Remembrance Day Parade and their Ceremony at the Cenotaph in Oakville. It was a very cold but sunny day. I had to wear layers (photo). A huge crowd attended, as always. The Parade and Ceremony were broadcast live on local cable TV.
I was placed “front and centre” at the head of the parade with a few other veterans. The very large parade group was made up of Army, Navy, and Air Force cadet corps, Boy Scouts, Police and Fire Services, etc., etc.
We marched behind the Lorne Scotts Regimental Pipe Band. There is something about my military background that makes marching with a band quite energizing. We marched from Navy Street along Lakeshore Rd and up Trafalgar Rd to the Cenotaph and afterwards we marched back along Church street.
The Ceremony was solemn but very fine with the 100th Anniversary of the end of WW1 highlighted. During the evening the church bells in the Town of Oakville rang 100 times.
I had several very touching experiences this day. While I was having breakfast in Oakville before the Parade, a young father asked if I would show my medals to his children and explain them. I did so, of course, with pleasure. They left the restaurant. When I went to pay my bill I learned that they had paid it for me.
When we were about to form up for the Parade a small boy came up to me and said “Thank you, Sir” and gave me a Poppy card he had drawn (photo). I thanked him and asked him how old he was. He said “I am five, Sir”. I told him
“I used to be five!”.
We are passing the torch on to good hands.
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