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Rev. Nelson Chatman prayed the sacrifices the veterans of this country made would not be in vain, but it appears he was preaching to the choir.

St. James Church in Lark Harbour held a ceremony for its residents, and those of neighbouring York Harbour, Thursday morning to honour their veterans. It was noted these two small towns on the south shore of the Bay of Islands had perhaps one of the highest percentage of its population serve their country at war.

As the reverend’s words echoed over the congregation of about 300 people, there only remained room in the pews to seat a handful of people in the back couple of rows. With a population of just over 800 between them, it was obvious the sacrifices of the hometown veterans was not in vain.

Standing in the front of the people of his community, Korean War veteran Kenneth Druggett, was called to his feet. The congregation applauded. He stood tall and proud as the people showed their appreciation. He was also called to the front of St. James Church for a presentation — made by special guest Lt.-Gov. Frank Fagan, whose grandmother is a native of Lark Harbour — on behalf of the Royal Canadian Legion for his years of service to that organization.

“It meant a lot,” Druggett said of the ceremony. “I am very proud to see all these people here, and to welcome the distinguished people.”

Now 84 years of age, he is still proud to have served his country. He followed in the footsteps of so many in the community before him. He said the loyalty from that area appears to have come from a devotion to serve England.

Meanwhile, the honour continues to be acknowledged even in today’s youth from the area. Zachery Sheppard said it was a privilege to participate in the roll call. Some of the names are close to his family, especially his great-grandfather Llewellyn Childs — a First World War veteran.

“It puts it all in perspective to think about how young they were, going off to war like that,” the Level 3 student at St. James All-Grade said.

For more on the event, check out these stories:

Second World War veteran appreciates honour in his hometown

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Lark Harbour and York Harbour honour their veterans

 

 

 

 

 

 

St. James Church in Lark Harbour held a ceremony for its residents, and those of neighbouring York Harbour, Thursday morning to honour their veterans. It was noted these two small towns on the south shore of the Bay of Islands had perhaps one of the highest percentage of its population serve their country at war.

As the reverend’s words echoed over the congregation of about 300 people, there only remained room in the pews to seat a handful of people in the back couple of rows. With a population of just over 800 between them, it was obvious the sacrifices of the hometown veterans was not in vain.

Standing in the front of the people of his community, Korean War veteran Kenneth Druggett, was called to his feet. The congregation applauded. He stood tall and proud as the people showed their appreciation. He was also called to the front of St. James Church for a presentation — made by special guest Lt.-Gov. Frank Fagan, whose grandmother is a native of Lark Harbour — on behalf of the Royal Canadian Legion for his years of service to that organization.

“It meant a lot,” Druggett said of the ceremony. “I am very proud to see all these people here, and to welcome the distinguished people.”

Now 84 years of age, he is still proud to have served his country. He followed in the footsteps of so many in the community before him. He said the loyalty from that area appears to have come from a devotion to serve England.

Meanwhile, the honour continues to be acknowledged even in today’s youth from the area. Zachery Sheppard said it was a privilege to participate in the roll call. Some of the names are close to his family, especially his great-grandfather Llewellyn Childs — a First World War veteran.

“It puts it all in perspective to think about how young they were, going off to war like that,” the Level 3 student at St. James All-Grade said.

For more on the event, check out these stories:

Second World War veteran appreciates honour in his hometown

Lieutenant-Governor returns to roots to honour veterans

And this video ...

Lark Harbour and York Harbour honour their veterans

 

 

 

 

 

 

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