Sunday, September 19, 2010

Aurora Cemetery Veterans' Candlelight Memorial Service

This afternoon was the annual Memorial Service.  It's similar to the Nov. 11 ceremonies, except it's for the vets who came back.

It started from a ceremony attended in the mid-1900's in Holland where Canadian soldiers were remembered by school children.  The idea was brought back to Canada and started in British Columbia.   Candles and Canadian flags are placed at the graves of the soldiers who returned from the war, but since passed on.  It has spread to Ontario and Nova Scotia.

The one in Aurora is run by the local Legion, with cadets from the various branches, and the local bagpipe band.  They light the candles the previous night, but I have never been to the cemetery to see that.  It has run at the Aurora Cemetery for several years now.

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