Remembrance service moved up

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Members of the Maple Grove Memorial Club dance with veterans at the end of the club's annual remembrance program held at the school to honour veterans.

By Belle Hatfield



 Organizers of this year’s official Remembrance Day memorial service for the Town of Yarmouth are moving up the start time 15 minutes to ensure that the rink at the Mariners Centre can be turned back over to the World Junior A Challenge before noon.

People attending the Remembrance Day ceremonies are being encouraged to be at the Mariners’ Centre by 10:15 a.m. and the ceremony will start at 10:30 a.m.

Although the start time is moving up by 15 minutes, it will not affect the timing of the minute of silence, which traditionally is observed each year on the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month to mark the end of hostilities on the western front in 1917, which signaled the end of the First World War.

In deference to the age of remaining Second World War veterans, the official ceremony is now held at the Mariners Centre, but a smaller ceremony continues to be held at the cenotaph on Main Street. That will go forward at its regular time.

A remembrance program honouring veterans was held Friday at Maple Grove Education Centre, marking an annual event organized by the Memorial Club in advance of this Sunday's Remembrance Day service. Click here for photos of remembrance.


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  • Kenn
    November 10, 2012 - 15:42

    I am a student at NSCC and one of my classmates will be participating in the Remembrance Day service. I am not a Facebook fan, but I was told about the plan to start and end the Remembrance Day service early and then shown the heated comments on Facebook and thought I needed to find out for myself. I went to CJLS's homepage and got nothing about this important topic. I decided to check the Vanguard, and Belle, thank you for your reporting of the facts and that the important moment of silence won't be interfered with, but I still find it objectionable. Here is what I have to say: I think it is wonderful that Yarmouth is hosting the World Jr. A Hockey Challenge and I don't think there is ever enough we can do for our veterans and to interfere with tradition and a service that honours veterans is reprehensible, especially when we are hosting the world. It sends a message that world competitiveness is more important than the very souls who have fought so that this peaceful competitiveness could exist. The wrong message is being sent; the game needs to start at a later time, not the service start and end early. My sentiments, I hope others share them.   Kind Regards, Kenn