Royal Montreal Regiment

Royal Montreal Regiment

The annual Remembrance Day commemoration in Hampstead is a special and solemn occasion bringing together local dignitaries, clergy, residents, military, police officers and young students to learn about Canada’s great history and to honour the sacrifices of our fallen soldiers.

Royal Montreal Regiment

Royal Montreal Regiment

This year’s event, held yesterday over the noon hour, was even more meaningful not only in marking 100 years since the start of World War I but because of the recent horrific killings of two Canadian soldiers right here in Canada.

Bialik High School Choir singing "The White Cliffs of Dover"

Bialik High School Choir singing “The White Cliffs of Dover”

Mayor William Steinberg reminded the youngsters that they are tomorrow’s leaders and bear the responsibility to remember the sacrifices made so that they, and we, could live in peace and freedom.

Police Commander Marc Cournoyer and Lt. Brian Cunningham

Police Commander Marc Cournoyer and Lt. Brian Cunningham

Wreaths were laid at the Hampstead cenotaph, as is the custom, however the handmade, colourful one presented by the students of Ecole de la Mosaique, along with white paper doves was very moving.

Hampstead Mayor William Steinberg toasts Remembrance Day organizer Mike Fitzpatrick and members of RMR

Hampstead Mayor William Steinberg toasts Remembrance Day organizer Mike Fitzpatrick (in red beret) and members of RMR

I am so pleased to represent the city of Cote Saint-Luc every year at this solemn gathering. This year I joined Cote Saint-Luc Mayor Anthony Housefather along with Councillors Ruth Kovac, Mitchell Brownstein, Steven Erdelyi and former Councillor and WWII veteran Isadore Goldberg.

Hampstead Cenotaph

Hampstead Cenotaph

Councillor Kovac described the sounds of the bagpipe as “haunting.” Rabbi Michael Whitman of Adath Israel Synagogue asked those present to walk up to a uniformed soldier and say, “Thank you for your service.”

Hampstead Cenotaph

Hampstead Cenotaph

With a noticeable police presence the event was smaller than usual. It is very unfortunate as I would have expected a larger presence given the tragic events of the last few weeks. The Hampstead event, though, falls several days before Remembrance Day so that members of the military , who ae otherwise attending the larger Montreal ceremony on November 11 may be present for the school children.

JPPS grade 6 recite poetry

JPPS grade 6 recite poetry

Please do heed the words of Rabbi Whitman by thanking a soldier and attend a Remembrance Day ceremony on November 11.

JPPS students learning importance of remembrance

JPPS students learning importance of remembrance

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