Erin cenotaph – Crowds were thinner for this year’s Remembrance Day ceremony at the Erin cenotaph on Nov. 11. Due to COVID-19 concerns, the parade along Main Street and post-ceremony reception at the Legion were cancelled. Instead of congregating at the cenotaph, the Legion also requested that residents observe a minute of silence from home and listen to the ceremony broadcast on Erin Radio. The majority of the wreaths had been arranged and displayed at the cenotaph before the service
Individual names of fallen soldiers were remembered and Rev. Irene Walback offered a prayer to honour local heroes from past armed conflicts. The majority of the wreaths had been arranged and displayed at the cenotaph before the service
The Erin cenotaph is located beside Main Street Erin, which is a very busy arterial road. Partway through the ceremony two truck drivers, one in each direction stopped, turned their rigs off and got out of their vehicles to take in the ceremony, effectively blocking traffic in both directions and creating a more dignified atmosphere, explained Wellington County councillor Jeff Duncan.
“A round of applause was directed their way at the conclusion of the event,” he said. “Little things in our lives show respect to those that sacrificed all … thanks gentlemen.”