Sherbrooke Remembers the Fallen

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The Saint-Michel Basilica in Sherbrooke was filled to standing room only on Sunday afternoon as the people of the city came together to remember. This year’s ceremony came in two parts, beginning with the induction of seven local veterans as knights of the National Order of the Legion of Honour, France’s highest honour, and ending with the traditional Remembrance Day service.

Rodrigue Berger, Pierre Dubuc, Hercule Dupuis, Roland Moisan, Jacques Nadeau, Paul J. O’Reilly, Georges Turgeon, and Ernest Viger were all honoured for their service to Canada and to France while serving in the latter country during the Second World War. The Republic of France is honouring Canadians across the country with the medal this year in recognition of the pivotal role the Canadian Forces served in the liberation of the country during the war.

The service of remembrance which followed centered around reflection on and recommitment to six engagements of veterans and civilians across the country and the world. These qualities were Loyalty, Honesty, Courage, Diligence, equity and responsibility. Music for the service was provided by the regimental band of the Sherbrooke Fusiliers.

Following the service, the assembled divisions and organizations gathered in front of the church to begin the annual Remembrance Day procession to Sherbrooke’s cenotaph on King Street West, accompanied by dignitaries like Sherbrooke’s Deputy Mayor Robert Pouliot and Local MP Pierre-Luc Dusseault, as well as Catherine Feuillet, the Consul General of France in Montreal and Francois Gitzhofer, Honourary Consul of France in the Estrie Region.