A crowd of over 500 gathered on a chilly Sunday morning to pay their respects to the men and women who fought for their freedom.

The Remembrance Day service hosted by the Royal Canadian Legion was a beautiful tribute to all the Canadians who served our country. It took place exactly 100 years after the armistice was signed at the end of WWI, which brought a special meaning to this year’s ceremony. The centennial was honoured by the firing of three rounds of shots from soldiers dressed in WWI uniforms.

The Elgin Regiment at the Remembrance Day Service
The Elgin Regiment at the Remembrance Day Service

The service also included a recitation of John McCrae’s “In Flanders Fields” and a flyover of five Harvard aircrafts.

MP Karen Vecchio called the ceremony exceptional. “Seeing the whole community come together is really incredible. I think especially being 100 years, everybody’s really taking that in and recognizing how lucky we are to be here in Canada.”

The Last Post Remembrance Day Service St. Thomas
The playing of the Last Post

Several leaders in the community were called upon to lay wreaths on the monument, and after the service, many from the crowd stayed to place their poppies on the wreaths.

Lest we forget.