Hantsport ceremony honours fallen from near and far

Ashley Thompson athompson@hantsjournal.ca
Published on November 11, 2014

Hannah Faulkner pins a poppy on a memorial cross in honour of a solider killed in action.

©Ashley Thompson

HANTSPORT – Sadly, there were a few new poppies to pin on the memorial cross at the Remembrance Day ceremony in Hantsport this year.

More than 300 people gathered at the Hantsport School for the town's annual ceremony Nov. 11.

A local Sparks group helped Hantsport School students place poppies on a cross in honour of fallen soldiers with local connections, and fellow Canadians who died in the line of duty just this year.

The children had poppies for Const. Fabrice Georges Gevaudan, Const. Douglas James Larche and Const. Dave Joseph Ross, the three RCMP officers gunned down during a shooting in a residential neighbourhood in Moncton June 4.

They also placed a poppy for Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, who was shot and killed while guarding the National War Memorial on Ottawa's Parliament Hill Oct. 22, and one for Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, who was killed in a hit-and-run attack in Quebec on Oct. 20.

Rev. Beth Johnson stressed the importance of preserving peace while delivering the address at the Remembrance Day ceremony.

“Let us put as much into the cause of peace, while we have peace, as the veterans we honour put into the effort to win and regain that peace,” said Johnson.

Click here to view more photos from the ceremony.