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News signs will add perspective to Remembrance Day ceremony

This Remembrance Day, Bancroft residents can gain some real perspective on what – and who –  the community lost during the First and Second World Wars. 

New signs are up near the cenotaph at the park off River Street. They show profiles of more than 100 local soldiers killed in battles. 

Mary Kavanagh, of the Bancroft North Hastings Heritage Museum, was one of the researchers who gathered information for the signs, which were funded through a Canadian Heritage grant. She says it was an emotional project, especially given how young those soldiers were. 

“The thing that struck me the most was the heart-wrenching stories of the families who were left to grieve, these fine young fellows, who went over, very enthusiastically, to fight in the war and protect our freedom … and who gave the ultimate sacrifice,” she says. 

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She says the effort to learn and document more about local soldiers isn’t over. She encourages more people to reach out to the museum, if they have information about a local soldier. 

“I’m hoping this is just the tip of the iceberg, as relatives and families look at those honouring placards,” she says. “They (might) realize, perhaps, there’s something missing that we need. It’s something that will be there as a permanent record. Anyone can take a walk through cenotaph park and enjoy the beauty of it.”

The Bancroft Legion is getting ready to host Friday’s Remembrance Day ceremony. People who want to attend are asked to come to the cenotaph at about 10:30 a.m. 

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