Hundreds join Pictou at Remembrance Day service at cenotaph

PICTOU – Nearly a thousand people surrounded the cenotaph at the annual Remembrance Day service in Pictou. The brief service hosted by Branch 16 of the Royal Canadian Legion in Pictou included prayer and remarks by Branch 16 chaplain Gary Sinclair, Last Post and Revielle by John MacDonald and Lament by Lorna MacIsaac. Annette Drapeau-Reynolds led...

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Cadets to place flags for veterans

Three local cadets will be placing Canadian flags beside veterans’ head stones at the cemetery in Sunny Brae. Members of Flight 219 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps are taking part in the project to place the flags on November 10, prior to the annual Remembrance Day ceremony at the veterans’ memorial in Sunny Brae. The...

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Veterans remembered at rededication service

NEW GLASGOW — Four veterans who are buried at Riverside Cemetery in New Glasgow were remembered last week during a re-dedication ceremony hosted by Branch 34 of the Royal Canadian Legion in New Glasgow. Hugh Muir, Branch 34 president, presided over the ceremony that attracted nearly 20 people. The ceremony was scheduled to take place...

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National recognition for tireless volunteer

It was a well-earned honour for Vincent Joyce on Saturday afternoon as Westville Mayor Roger MacKay presented the former Pictou County resident and former Pictou Highlander with the National Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers. Joyce was the founding and driving force behind the Pictou County Military Museum and volunteered for many years collecting, arranging and curating...

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Two-way traffic restored on Veterans Drive

PICTOU — Two-way traffic has returned to all of Veterans Drive. Town council agreed to restore two-way traffic at its regular meeting on Monday. While plans were to remove the barriers at the north end of the road shortly, they were moved to the side of the road on Tuesday to allow new signage to...

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Hillside group holding two-day flea market to raise funds to build new hall

A desire to re-connect residents with their community and each other is the driving force behind the Hillside Community Society. This group’s main focus is to work together to generate funds to build a community centre in Hillside so that community residents can socialize with each other, celebrate milestones and get together for fun and...

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Hundreds ‘remember’ during County service

PICTOU — A clear, cold day on Sunday marked the return of Standard Time and the occasion of the 83rd Pictou County Remembrance Day parade and service. Harsh sun cast long shadows and blustery winds challenged presenters and prompted Bill Echlin from Branch 16 of the Royal Canadian Legion to advise those laying wreaths to...

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Br. 16 president enjoys volunteering for Legion

PICTOU — Ten years of volunteering for Branch 16 of the Royal Canadian Legion has been rewarding for Janice Watters. She was recently elected for her third term as president of Branch 16 and feels she has grown in the role. Watters originally succeeded Violet Arbuckle as president in 2015 and remained president in 2016....

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Lest we forget: Fallen remembered during services

Thousands of Pictou County residents gathered on November 11 at cenotaphs and memorials to honour those who gave their lives for our freedom … In Sunny Brae, three more names were added to the cenotaph list and the unveiling of a new interpretive panel were among highlights of the annual Remembrance Day service. The weather...

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To those who fought …

Their fear was numb, their hands were cold They fought hard and they marched on, strong and bold Their stories of courage and strength seldom ever told They fought for our country like nobody maybe not ever knows They were proud but seldom did they ever let it show When their lives which they fought...

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