Martin C. Barry
The first signs of winter creeping into the North Shore region weren’t enough to keep patriotic Deux-Montagnes residents away from Veteran’s Hall on Grand Moulin Road on Sunday Nov. 10 when Remembrance Day was commemorated.
The World War I Armistice was signed 101 years ago in a railway carriage located in the Forest of Compiègne in France. After four years of relentless combat, the conflict had taken the lives of as many as 19 million people, while leaving a significant part of Europe in ruins.
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Grateful to Legion
“Deux-Montagnes is always proud to have Branch 185 commemorate the veterans year after year,” Mayor Denis Martin said in an interview following the ceremonies. “We have to thank the organization for organizing these ceremonies which remember all our veterans. We’re very proud here in Deux-Montagnes of the involvement of the Legion in making sure that this is a well-done ceremony.”
Sandi MacDonald, president of Branch 185, said the branch feels very fortunate that so many individuals and organizations support the local Remembrance Day commemoration. “We get so much support every year,” she said. “We have a dinner the night before which is always sold out. Everybody comes to support the veterans and it’s absolutely amazing.”
Statement from PMO
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued the following statement for this year’s Remembrance Day. “Today, we come together to honour the brave Canadians in uniform who have served our country throughout our history,” he said. “They’ve built peace. They’ve defended democracy. And they’ve enabled countless people to live in freedom – at home and around the world.
“Remembrance Day was first held in 1919 on the first anniversary of the armistice agreement that ended the First World War,” he continued. “A century later, our respect and admiration for Canada’s fallen and veterans has not wavered. We owe them and their families an immeasurable debt of gratitude. We honour all those who have served, including the many First Nations, Métis, and Inuit veterans and current service members.
Tribute to our veterans
“Today, we pay tribute to our veterans, to those who have been injured in the line of duty, and to all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice,” said Trudeau. “They stood for liberty, and sacrificed their future for the future of others. Their selflessness and courage continue to inspire Canadians who serve today.”