COE HILL — Windblown rain arrived as if on cue as soldiers memorial services started Sept. 5, 2010 in Coe Hill, but Warriors Day continued without hesitation and sunshine broke through the clouds a few minutes later.
The memorial weekend took over the Coe Hill fairgrounds Saturday and Sunday, with dozens of historic military vehicles and associated displays open to the public.
Vehicles joined marching bands and colour guards Sunday for a 2:30 p.m. parade through the village, ending at the fairgrounds for services.
The event was organized by Wollaston Reeve Dan McCaw and this year marked the 100th anniversary of the Canadian Navy. Sailors from HMCS Cataraqui in Kingston joined in the parade, in a boat towed on a trailer behind a pickup truck. Lieut. Commander Susan Long-Poucher represented the Canadian Forces on the reviewing stand during the parade, and later spoke during the memorial services.
She brought with her a special commodore’s coin, created to mark the navy’s 100th year. It has travelled to events in the Arctic in the north, Ontario to the south, and the west and east coasts, she said.