1000 Candles Required to Light the Fenelon Falls Cenotaph

Press release submitted by Arlene Coleman

Once again the main street of Fenelon Falls will be lit with hundreds upon hundreds of candles carried by the community in silent tribute to Veterans both past and present. The Fenelon Falls Legion’s 18th annual Candlelight Tribute makes its way from the lock area (Water and Colborne Streets) to the Cenotaph the evening of November 10th. The candles are placed by family and friends in remembrance of loved ones who served or are serving in Canada’s military. Those who have no military connection can place their candle in tribute to The Unknown Soldier; those lost in Afghanistan, or bear a suitable tribute message.

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI we will be placing candles in memory and honour of those 57 men from Fenelon Falls community who gave their lives in the Great War.

When the procession arrives at the Cenotaph, the candles are placed around the base of the monument and a brief ceremony of remembrance marks the occasion. Organizer Carol Roy, the Branch Poppy Chairman, hopes 1,000 candles will flicker in silent tribute to our Veterans who served and continue to serve in the cause of peace and freedom.

To add to the dignity and solemnity of the occasion, the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment Cadets, will, again, stand guard in silent vigil. The vigil resumes for the Remembrance Day Service on November 11th . Nothing is as poignant and moving as a midnight visit to the Cenotaph with the light of all those candles shining through the frosty and chilly November night.

Our goal is to have 1,000 candles illuminating the Cenotaph. She invites everyone, young and old and all those in between to support this significant Act of Remembrance. Participants meet on Water Street in front of Slices & Scoops at 7:00 pm and the parade moves off at 7:30 pm.

Candles are available for sponsorship for a minimum donation of $6.00 and may be obtained at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch, 23 Veterans Way, Fenelon Falls, (887-3041), at Sobeys in Fenelon Falls, November 2nd and 3rd or by calling Carol Roy at 1-705-927-7659. For those who wish to sponsor a candle but are unable to attend the ceremony, the Legion will be pleased to place it on your behalf. All funds raised go to the Poppy Trust Fund for the benefit of Veterans and their dependants, low rental housing and care facilities for elderly/disabled and community medical appliances and medical research.

In order to reach our goal of 1,000 candles, the organizers need you to sponsor one or more candles. The Legion encourages retail, corporate, service organizations, clubs, schools and churches to sponsor candles to be carried by the children of the community.

We invite you to attend with your children as there is a need to ensure that children develop a real appreciation for Remembrance and have an understanding of the sacrifices made by Canadians both past and present. We, the succeeding generations, must ensure that Remembrance Day is afforded the respect and dignity it so rightly deserves and maintains its place among the great traditions of our country.

We remind you that the Remembrance Day Service in Fenelon Falls will be at 11:00 am at the cenotaph.

On November 11, at the going down of the sun, communities across Canada will mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War with the ringing of 100 bells. The ringing of bells emulates the moment in 1918 when church bells across Europe tolled as four years of war had come to an end. In Fenelon Falls the bells will ring from the Anglican, Presbyterian, and United churches at approximately 4:51 pm. There will be a Piper on the downtown street of Fenelon Falls.

Bells for Peace is a national event. At sunset on November 11, the bells will ring at Parliament Hill, city halls, places of worship, military bases, Naval vessels and at ceremonies across the country to honour Canada’s Veterans and commemorate the end of the First World War.

Help us reach our goal - Do your part - Light a Candle for a Vet.

For further information, please contact Carol Roy 7-705-927-7659