Wedgeport Legion To Host Remembrance Day Banquet Following Service

Posted on Friday, November 10, 2017 11:54 AM

(Photo - Sgt. Mariah Smith - Wedgeport Legion)

Remembrance Day in Wedgeport will feature a ceremony at Saint Michael's Church, followed by a banquet at the Legion Branch 155.

The names of the 54 World War I and II casualties from Pinkney's Point to Quinan and Surette's Island, including Wedgeport, will be read.

PR Committee member for the Legion Cyrille LeBlanc says they began gathering the names two years ago.

He says community members suggested that the names be read on Remembrance Day, and that will take place for the first time this year.

"So we've got two Girl Guides and two 110 Army Cadets that we sponsor to read the names."

At the banquet, Sergeant Mariah Smith of the 110 Army Cadets will be guest speaker.

She will speak on her and her comrades participation at the 100th anniversary of Vimy Ridge last April.

"She will talk about her experience at the 100th anniversary of the Battle, where Canadians took the hill."

Nearly 3,600 Canadians died in the Battle of Vimy Ridge, more than 7,000 were wounded.

LeBlanc says there will be various medals presented at the banquet, and a Korean War veteran will be sitting at the head table.

The legion has also been busy putting Canadian flags on veterans grave-sites in the area over the past few weeks as well.

The flags will be taken out after Remembrance Day and saved for next year.