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Remembrance Day In Woodstock

The Victoria Park Cenotaph saw hundreds gather to attend today's annual Remembrance Day ceremony.

WOODSTOCK - Hundreds of people gathered at the Victoria Park Cenotaph for today's Remembrance Day ceremony in Woodstock.

The annual event saw several veterans and dignitaries on hand to honour those who have fallen and fought, and continue to serve in war.

Ron Findlater is a member of the Royal Canadian Legion in Woodstock and today's emcee and he says it was great to see the community's turnout.

"The crowd has continued to support year after year. We've seen it get larger I think each year and the weather certainly didn't deter them, it was great to see the crowds that were here this morning."

He says he hopes everyone, including children, understands the importance of today's ceremony.

"I would hope that they would realize that the freedoms that we enjoy, what we appreciate in this country doesn't come easy. There is a cost involved and fortunately we have not had to pay the cost that our fathers, grandfathers, great-grandfathers had to pay in the two World Wars, certainly there have been other conflicts, but it's my hope that these children as they grow up never have to experience anything of that magnitude. We've had conflicts and appreciate the fact that we do have men and women who are prepared to step forward and come to our aid in terms of preserving these values, and I hope they appreciate it and learn that it doesn't necessarily come just because of who we are or where we are."

The event featured veterans and local dignitaries lay down wreaths, along with a marching parade. Representatives were also available from the Royal Canadian Legion.

Other ceremonies took place across the region this morning, including Ingersoll and Tillsonburg.





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