Decoration Day recognizes the fallen of Manitoulin Island

By Rosalind Russell – Decoration Day 2023 was observed this Sunday at the Manitoulin Cenotaph.

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 177 of Little Current and this year’s host, Branch 514 of Western Manitoulin, and their supporters paid homage to the men and women who served in Canada’s forces and allies.

The Manitoulin Cenotaph was designed and built by a local group of Canadian veterans led by John C. Bryan to commemorate fallen comrades who are buried in foreign lands.

It is inscribed with 129 names of those who died in WWI and WWII and were buried in foreign lands. In addition, there is a special plaque to honour those who died in the Korean War.

Wreaths were also laid at the Seamen’s Memorial, the Women’s Memorial, and the Youth Memorial.

Photos; Decoration Day was held on Sunday on Manitoulin Island with Legion members and supporters gathering together for the commemoration. Photos provided by April Jewell-Aelick and used with full permissions.

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