SPRING BAY— The Remembrance Day service at the Manitoulin Cenotaph in Spring Bay brought together veterans, Island youth and Central Manitoulin community members to honour those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for Canada.
The service began with students from Central Manitoulin Public School (CMPS) singing O’ Canada led by teacher Anne Marie Scott, followed by the students singing ‘One Tin Soldier.’
MC Keith Legge read ‘In Gratitude of Silence’ before the Last Post was played and two minutes of silence was held.
Comrade Jack White performed the Act of Remembrance.
The presenting and laying of the wreaths paired CMPS students with veterans and distinguished community members.
The Government of Canada wreath was laid by Comrades Jim Nevills and Brent Nevills and student Alaynah Moffat, while the Government of Ontario wreath was laid by Comrades Lewis Jewell and Jim Corrigan and student Kasch Lentir.
Central Manitoulin Mayor Richards Stephens, George Popowich and student Zoe Redmond laid the Township of Central Manitoulin wreath.
The Silver Cross wreath was laid by Comrade Dave Gilchrist and Katrin Howe, assisted by student Marjorie Scott.
Comrades Blair Sullivan and Peter Thureson with student Taylor Dafoe laid the Korean War wreath, while Comrades Bob Smith and Jack White and student Zachary Gibbons laid the Canadian Navy wreath.
The Women’s Memorial wreath was laid by CMPS Principal Tracey Chapman, Comrade Jim Corrigan and student Madison Skippen.
Sgt. Wayne Minnear and Constable Allan Haner, assisted by student Holly Sagle, laid the OPP wreath, followed by Noble Ted Taylor, Brother Mike Masiack and student Trevor White laying the Masons and Shriners wreath.
The Students of Manitoulin Schools Memorial wreath was laid by Steve Redmond, Moiria Ford and student Alex Smith.
Wreaths for Melvin Bowerman and Norman Lockyer were laid by Toots McDermid and Central Manitoulin Councillor Pat MacDonald.
Public speaking champion Amber Wall of CMPS impressed all those in attendance with her confidence and poetic emphasis with her reading of In Flander’s Fields.
The service concluded with a prayer by Revered Rollie McLean and the singing of God Save the Queen.
“We are so thankful to the teachers at CMPS who educated the students about the importance of today and for their participation in today’s ceremony,” concluded Mr. Legge.
The students and veterans moved the Students of Manitoulin Schools Memorial wreath to the monument across the road from the cenotaph following the service.