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Taking time to remember

Remember-2015Prince Edward County citizens young and old gathered around cenotaphs at Picton, Wellington and Consecon to remember those who have passed, those who lost their lives in battle, and to honour those who are serving today.

John Inrig, CD, of Picton, a former Hastings Prince Edward Regiment Commanding Officer, shared the story of this most decorated regiment with those attending the Remembrance Day service at the Picton United Church.

During the First World War, men from the 49th Hastings Regiment and the 16th Prince Edward Regiment volunteered to serve overseas and, at that time, were enlisted in numbered battalions. After the war, the militia and regular units were reorganized. On March 15, 1920, the two county regiments were amalgamated to form The Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment. The regiment was part of Montgomery’s Eighth Army and took part in the invasion of Sicily and throughout Italy.

Inrig explained the regiment liberated Assoro, a small hilltop village west of Mt. Etna in 1943 in a daring surprise attack. The regiment also took part in battles in Northwest Europe in 1945.

“The County will always be the spiritual home of the ‘Hasty Ps'”, said Inrig, though when it finally arrived at Belleville Station on October 4, 1945, “The Plough Jockeys” returned to their farms and businesses. Their war was over.

The Regimental Museum, on the main floor of the Belleville Armoury, is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1-4 p.m.

John Inrig flanked by officiants Rev. Aruna Alexander and Padre Bill Kidnew. Behind, the Picton United Choir members who presented David Colwell's choral presentation of In Flanders Fields'

John Inrig flanked by officiants Rev. Aruna Alexander and Padre Bill Kidnew. Behind, the Picton United Choir members who presented David Colwell’s choral presentation of In Flanders Fields’






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  1. Michael Szakszon says:

    My father fought in WWII with the Hasty P’s. I was always proud that he served for our country. I did the same in 1981 and had hoped he was proud. Lest we forget…

  2. Gil Charlebois says:

    Great to be in Canada and an 851 Cadet Supporter!!!

  3. Gil Charlebois says:

    A great visual presentation of the Annual Picton Total Support of this moving Memorial Ceremony.
    God bless to ALL who attended today at the Dedication at the Cenotaph.
    Gil n Ruth

  4. Rachael Tracey says:

    Very proud of the Cadets of 851 Air Cadet Squadron for their participation in today’s ceremonies in Picton and Wellington, as well as their participation in the Candlelight Vigil last night.

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