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Veterans’ Day activities include enjoyable afternoon at Glenwood

From left, members of the 2016 Veterans’ Day celebration at Glenwood Cemetery in Picton. They include Rev. Bill Kidnew, Chaplain Branch 78 Royal Canadian Legion (RCL), Tom Ross, President 415 Wing Royal Canadian Air Force Association (RCAFA), Mike Slatter, Parade Marshall Branch 78 (RCL); Mary Lazier-Corbett, Glenwood Board, Sandra Latchford, chairperson Glenwood Cemetery Board, Bill Maier, 1st VP 415 Wing (RCAFA), Pat Burrows, president Branch 78 (RCL), Debbie Rankin, chairperson Veterans’ Day Committee Glenwood and Helma Oonk, Manager Glenwood Cemetery.

From left, members of the 2016 Veterans’ Day celebration at Glenwood Cemetery in Picton. They include Rev. Bill Kidnew, Chaplain Branch 78 Royal Canadian Legion (RCL), Tom Ross, President 415 Wing Royal Canadian Air Force Association (RCAFA), Mike Slatter, Parade Marshall Branch 78 (RCL); Mary Lazier-Corbett, Glenwood Board, Sandra Latchford, chairperson Glenwood Cemetery Board, Bill Maier, 1st VP 415 Wing (RCAFA), Pat Burrows, president Branch 78 (RCL), Debbie Rankin, chairperson Veterans’ Day Committee Glenwood and Helma Oonk, Manager Glenwood Cemetery.

Glenwood Cemetery, along with the Picton branch Royal Canadian Legion, No. 415 Wing Royal Canadian Air Force Association and 851 Prince Edward Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron, will host the annual Veterans’ Day ceremony Saturday, Sept. 24.

The ceremony begins at 9:45 a.m. at the historic Glenwood Cemetery, a 62-acre property in the heart of Picton, that is the final resting place for more than 250 veterans who served in Canada’s military engagements.

Among those veterans are six British airmen who died while training at the former RAF base known as No. 31 Bombing and Gunnery School. This former training base overlooking Picton was part of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, graduating hundreds of aircrew from many countries during the Second World War.

Guests will be greeted by air cadets and directed to the assembly at the foot of the veteran’s plot area. The 45-minute ceremony is to include parade, colour parties, Prince Edward County Pipes & Drums and soloist Jeanette Arsenault.

Dignitaries will be in attendance and a senior military officer from 8 Wing Trenton will salute the veterans with a military tribute. Canadian flags and poppies will be provided to all who wish to decorate the individual graves of veterans. After the ceremony, refreshments will be served in Glenwood’s Stone Chapel.

Veterans’ Day family activities will be held from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. New for this year will be a fun-filled afternoon with a military theme for the whole family.
Events will include free horse and wagon rides through the beautiful cemetery; a photo contest with Phil Norton; Walking Tour “The Men Who Marched Away” — with stories by Maggie Haylock Capon; tenor Julian Gallo singing wartime songs; Loyalist portrayal by Leigh Moore and Wendy Daxon; scavenger hunt and site records on display.

For more information call Sandra Latchford, chairperson of Glenwood Cemetery Board, 613-922-2139.

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