In order to recognize D-Day and honour the sacrifice of those who took part in the Normandy campaign, several Legions and other groups are planning special ceremonies next week in and around Wellington County.
The Arthur Legion is planning a service on June 2 at the Arthur cenotaph at 2pm. Everyone is welcome to the service, which will feature the Legion’s colour party.
On June 6, the Erin Legion is hosting a special D-Day event starting at 7pm. Everyone is welcome to attend a short service at McMillan Park on Main Street, followed by a walk back to the Legion for another short service as well as coffee, tea and cookies and a chance for mingling (the Legion lounge will be open).
In Guelph, the Legion will offer a special presentation from 7 to 8:30pm on June 6 to recognize D-Day.
Families and friends of the batteries involved in the initial Normandy landing – including the 16th 43rd and 63rd, which together represent about a quarter of the Canadian artillery involved – are invited to attend the event, as are current members of the 11th field regiment.
Of course, the public is invited to attend the special event as well.
On June 8 at 12:30pm members of the Guelph Loyal Orange Lodge, which serves Guelph and Wellington County, are organizing a parade and service recognizing the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
Participants can gather at the Guelph cenotaph on Woolwich Street at 12:30pm for a wreath laying ceremony. The parade will commence shortly after, down Wyndham Street North to a rendezvous point in Market Square, outside of Guelph City Hall, for addresses by local dignitaries.
Officials encourage those taking part to bring flags and banners in a show of support to those who have served, and to current members of the armed forces.
The Harriston Legion is offering a special D-Day ceremony at the Harriston cenotaph at 5:45pm on June 6.