Large crowd salute veterans at Hartland’s Remembrance Day services

Hartland-area residents, including several families, turned out in large numbers on Remembrance Day to salute the men and women who fought for their nation’s freedom.

Hartland Royal Canadian Legion member Jim Dee, who helped oversee the annual Remembrance Day ceremony, said it was great to see another strong turnout.

The crowd began the morning by taking in the Remembrance Day Service in the Hartland Community School auditorium’s warmth before heading outside to brave the cold winds at the cenotaph on the school grounds.

Dee said Cloverdale resident Tim Curnew agreed to receive the salute as the Canadian Armed Forces members and others marched past to end the solemn Remembrance Day service.

Curnew, a 20-year military veteran with the 4th Air Defence Regiment’s artillery corps, served one duty tour in Afghanistan.

The Hartland Legion Colour Party led the march from the cenotaph, followed by members of the Armed Forces from Base Gagetown, the 89th battery, cadets, the Hartland Fire Department and West District RCMP.

Dozens of those on hand for the ceremony — including Bill Hogan, Carleton MLA and Education and Early Childhood Develop Minister, on behalf of the province — laid wreaths honouring the nation’s veterans.

Jim Dumville, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, River Valley Sun