(Silver Cross Mother, Theresa Charbonneau speaking about her son Corporal Andrew Grenon during the Remembrance Day ceremony at the Cenotaph at City Hall Square in Windsor, Ontario, on Monday, November 11, 2019. Photo above by Eric Bonnici / Eyes On Windsor.)
Despite heavy snowfall, about a thousand people came together to honour the men and women of the Canadian Military, who served and currently serve, at the annual Remembrance Day Ceremony at the City of Windsor Cenotaph at City Hall Square on Monday, November 11, 2019.
The program was shortened due to the weather including reducing the number of songs sung by the Windsor-Essex Youth Choir. In addition, Sisters Mackenzie and Madison Beltran touched people’s hearts by singing a hauntingly beautiful version of “I Miss You” by Britain’s Missing People Choir. Ceremony emcee Michael Beale said, “we’re going to be eliminating one of the songs because of the weather but this one I think you need to hear.”
City of Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens shared an anonymous quote, “When you go home tell them of us and say for your tomorrow we gave our today.” Many sacrificed their lives, others returned with physical and the less seen mental and emotional wounds, and others selflessly are serving right now to protect our freedom.
Families of Canadian soldiers were also acknowledged for the contributions and sacrifices of their loved ones. Local Silver Cross Mother, Theresa Charbonneau, spoke during the ceremony. In 2008 her 23 year old son, Corporal Andrew Grenon, along with two other Canadian soliders, was killed during an ambush in Kandahar, Afghanistan. She said despite the snowfall, we are fortunate because that is all we have to face here in Windsor. Soldiers in battle not only had to worry about snow but they had to deal with the enemy and gunfire while trying to stay warm and alive.
Even though the weather was cold and snowy, many elderly Veterans made it out to pay their respects despite age related challenges physically and health wise. Many were huddled in their seats covering with blankets to stay warm.
The ceremony wrapped up with singing of God Save The Queen, a cannon firing, closing remarks, and people leaving thier poppies in a poppy box or at the base of the Cenotaph in remembrance of those they were there to honour.
Each November 11, Canadians pay tribute to the sacrifices of those in the military who have served and continue to serve in times of war and peace. Originally called Armistice Day, it marks the end of the First World War.