The cold winds of November blew hard around the Elkhorn cenotaph on November 11, but across the street in the Legion Hall it was warm and welcoming to the many people of all ages who came to take part in the Elkhorn and area remembrance event.
After the arrival of the Branch color guard and singing of O Canada with Marg Wills on piano, prayers and readings were performed by Sharon Johnson, and the honor roll of men killed in WW1 and WW2 was read by Branch President Garth Mitchell. The Last Post was played by Mark Humphries, followed by two minutes of silence and Reveille. Mitchell read the Legion Act of Remembrance.
The guest speaker was introduced by long time Legion branch member Colonel Gordon Brennand (ret.) R.C.A.F.
Guest speaker, educator and military historian from Elkhorn, Ed James told of his recent trip to Normandy and the Juno Beach area during the 75th D-Day anniversary, this past June.
James’ presentation was followed by prayer and God Save the Queen.
Laying wreaths at the cenotaph on that bright sunny day were two special presenters - E.R.G. Reilly Bickerton of Air Cadet Sq. 317 Strathclair and Parker McElroy of Air Cadet Sq. 301 Stonewall.
Later, they helped serve lunch and clean up. Bickerton is the grand-daughter of Wenda Paton of Elkhorn.
Lunch was served followed by RCL Long Service pin presentations: 20 years, Al Earis, Doug Walker, and Bob Nesbitt; 35 years, Ron Bickerton; 40 years, Bill Bickerton; and 45 years, Connie Cousins.