Warriors’ Day – Preston Legion

Three Preston Scout House units help Royal Canadian Legion 126

mark 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War in 1918

Preston Scout House Band, Scout House Cadets drum and bugle corps and Silver Leaves Brass each performed on the parade square adjoining Preston Royal Canadian Legion Branch 126 on Saturday September 8 as part of the annual Warriors’ Day Tattoo, this year honouring the men and women who served during the four years of World War I from 1914 to 1918.

Three cenotaphs in the city of Cambridge display the names of military personnel who died in the Great War. The Legion honours the men and women who gave their lives with ceremonies called Warriors’ Days.

The Preston Legion also honoured the 80th anniversary of Scout House Band during Friday evening and Saturday ceremonies. The Legion also traditionally provides financial support to the Band in recognition of participation in Legion and community events throughout the year.

Warriors’ Day remembrance ceremonies were first held at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto in 1921. This was the 24th annual Warriors’ Day celebration in Cambridge since the first event was organized in 1995 by Pat Baker of the Preston Legion along with the late David Mulholland, who served with the British Royal Marines.

The Scout House units, along with the Cambridge Pipe Band, Waterloo Region Police Ceremonial Band, Toronto Signals Band, Ulster Accordion Band of Toronto, followed the Legion colour guard into the parade square at the beginning of the afternoon events then stood at attention for the United States national anthem performed by the Police Band, Canadian national anthem by Scout House Band and God Save The Queen by the Ulster Band. The groups then marched out, to return individually for concert performances.

The annual Warriors’ Day program began Friday evening with a wine and cheese reception following speeches and entertainment by the Cambridge Seniors’ Choir. Speakers included Cambridge artist Dave Sopha, the creator of Portraits of Honour. His paintings include more than 200 Canadian military and first responders who have died in the line of duty.

Scout House Band, Cadets drum and bugle corps and Silver Leaves Brass will perform standstill concerts in Mill Race Park on the banks of the Grand River in the downtown Galt neighbourhood on Saturday September 29 during Cambridge Culture Days events.

Culture Days is a popular annual event in communities across Canada, created in response to the growing recognition that a vibrant arts and cultural sector contributes directly to a healthy and stable society. The annual event is regarded as a Canadian model for promoting public participation and engagement that:

*Thrives on generosity, solidarity, and collaboration;

*Values the cultural life of urban and rural communities alike;

*Encourages the use of shared resources;

*Is produced with a unifying spirit, bringing together the best energies in the country.

Scout House Band played a concert at the Galt Lions Club on Ainslie St. at 7 pm on September 26 for the Cambridge Capables.

Silver Leaves Brass performed an evening concert at Luther Village On The Park retirement community in uptown Waterloo on September 12. On September 22, the group crossed the border to perform in a children’s service benefit concert in Batavia, New York organized with the help of Mighty St. Joe’s Alumni drum and bugle corps .

Written by:  Roy Wilson, President


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