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Stoughton Remembrance Day service overcomes snow and cold temperatures

The crowd braved the snow and the cold to pay tribute to those who served.
Mike MacGregor places a wreath at the Royal Canadian Legion’s Stoughton branch.

STOUGHTON - It was a snowy, cold but wind-free morning at the Stoughton Royal Canadian Legion branch for the Remembrance Day service on Nov. 11.

The service began at 11 a.m., with the resolute crowd going outside to join the veterans in the laying of the wreaths by the cenotaph.

President Ray Coderre lowered the Canadian flag to half mast as the crowd paid tribute to those that have fallen, with a moment of silence.

Many wreaths were placed at the cenotaph and once completed, the chilly crowd returned to the warmth of the indoors.

Pat Slater, one of the veterans, read the list of names from the Roll of Honour. Over 300 names were on this list.

The singing of the hymns, When Peace Like a River and How Great thou Art, was led by Leny Roy-Hampton and Edda Horsburgh.

As the ceremony continued, May Eckert from the Stoughton United Church read scriptures from the Bible.

The responsive prayer was led by Del Coderre, a long-time member of Stoughton and the town’s Catholic church.

Ted Horsburgh, the chaplain from the Stoughton Apostolic Church, led a short service. He spoke about believing. He said that even if you do not believe, does not make it untrue.

The nearly full house sat silently listening to Horsburgh’s words. He said thank you to all who remember and thank you to those who have served past and present.

Once the service was finished and chairs moved and tables set up, a luncheon was set up for people to enjoy. Later that evening a roast beef supper was served at the Stoughton Legion for everyone to attend.