Bright skies and a cold breeze greeted more than one hundred and fifty people who assembled at the Town of Hampstead cenotaph for the 2013 Remembrance Day ceremonies Thursday, November 7 at noon.  Public Security Lieutenant Mike Fitzpatrick blasted commands in true military style as the soldiers of the Royal Montreal Regiment Branch 14 and members of the Royal Canadian Legion assembled their colours before a large audience of school children from Hampstead School, Solomon Schecter Academy, JPPS and Bialik High School.

Members of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 14 assemble at Hampstead cenotaph

Members of the Royal Montreal Regiment Branch 14 assemble at Hampstead cenotaph

Mayor Bill Steinberg welcomed members of his council as well as Councillor Ruth Kovac and myself who were representing the City of Cote Saint-Luc along with Public Safety Director Jordy Reichson. Also in attendance were Station 9 Police Commander Marc Cournoyer and his Lieutenant J.P. Theoret, Mount Royal riding Chief of Staff Howard Liebman, Montreal Torah Centre’s Rabbi Moshe New, Adath Israel’s Rabbi Michael Whitman as well as holocaust survivors and other dignitaries including former Councillor  Bonnie Feigenbaum and Isadore Goldberg.

Mayor Bill Steinberg and members of Hampstead Town Council along with CSL Councillors Glenn J. Nashen and Ruth Kovac

Mayor Bill Steinberg and members of Hampstead Town Council along with CSL Councillors Glenn J. Nashen and Ruth Kovac

One by one the various school classes were called up to the microphone to recite poems and sing songs of remembrance in honouring those who had fallen to protect Canada and the world, those who were injured in the line of duty, those who serve today in peacekeeping roles around the world as well as to those who perished in the Holocaust at the hands of the nazis.

CSL Cllr. Ruth Kovac lays a wreath at the Hampstead cenotaph as Cllr. Glenn J. Nashen looks on

CSL Cllr. Ruth Kovac lays a wreath at the Hampstead cenotaph as Cllr. Glenn J. Nashen looks on

Howard Liebman’s words echoed across the chilly field:

On this 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, we pause in tribute and we remember.

We reflect on all of those who fought in the First World War, the Second World War, the Korean War, and those who participated in peacekeeping missions around the world. We remember as well those murdered by the Nazis in the Shoah, and pay tribute to the survivors.

This is also a time to reflect on those currently serving our country abroad including those selfless individuals who are involved in peace operations to help bring about security and stability around the world.

This year also marks the 75th anniversary of the infamous Evian Conference, the 75th anniversary of Kristalnacht (the Night of Broken Glass) and the 65th anniversary of the Genocide Convention (the Never Again Convention) and of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

At this moment of Remembrance and Reminder  – of Witness and Warning – our Member of Parliament, Irwin Cotler, reminds us that Canada’s veterans have fought dutifully and courageously for their country and the preservation of peace, security, and human rights abroad. We can all take pride in their service.

We Remember. Nous nous souvenons. 

Members of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 14 talking with the school children

Members of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 14 talking with the school children

Cllr. G.J. Nashen, PS Dir. J. Reichson, Cllr. R. Kovac, Cmdr. M. Cournoyer, Lt. JP Theoret, PS Dir. Michel Pilon

Cllr. G.J. Nashen, PS Dir. J. Reichson, Cllr. R. Kovac, Cmdr. M. Cournoyer, Lt. JP Theoret, PS Dir. Michel Pilon

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