“You couldn’t find a better turnout anywhere,” says Gary Hemeon, master of ceremonies at the Shelburne Remembrance Day ceremony.
The Shelburne Community Centre was filled to capacity with standing room only at the back of the hall. Over 600 people were in attendance.
Hemeon says that is unheard of in a community of less than 2000 people.
He says Shelburne has always supported the veterans and the ceremony each year gets great support.
Even after the local legion branch 63 closed its doors for good the Town of Shelburne adopted the ceremony so that it could continue.
“When we lost the legion we lost a lot,” says Hemeon. He says the legion was a true centre of the community with dinners, dances and social events added to the community.
Five World War 2 veterans and Korean War veterans took part in the ceremony.
“For all who contributed in any way we thank you,” says Hemeon. “And thank you to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.”