RUSSELL, LIMOGES, EMBRUN – Remembrance Day services were held in Russell, Limoges and Embrun on Sat., Nov. 11.
Dignitaries attending included GPR MP Francis Drouin or a representative on behalf of the Government of Canada, MPP Grant Crack or a representative on behalf of the Province of Ontario, and, depending on the location, Russell Mayor Pierre Leroux, Nation Mayor Francois St. Amour, councillors, and community leaders of numerous groups, including the Knights of Columbus and Daughters of Isabelle. Hundreds of people crowded the streets to attend the 11 a.m. service in Russell, which was followed by a welcome lunch in the Legion Hall.
All three villages had many servicemen and women attending, with a large contingent in Russell from CFB Leitrim, as well as dozens of other Canadian Forces members from the Air, Navy and Army. Veterans were honoured, and wreaths lain by representatives of the RCMP, OPP, and firefighters of Russell, Limoges and Embrun. In Russell, the parade was led by the Sons of Scotland Pipe Band which has taken part there for many years. A fly-past of a CF-18 occurred during the wreath-laying.