In what has become a tradition, the Long Island Recreation Committee and Heritage Society teamed up to host Canada Day Celebrations again this year. A successful pot luck supper was held at the Recreation Center on Saturday evening at 5:00pm. Everyone enjoyed the supper as they chose from the many delicious casseroles and desserts that were brought along.
The hall looked beautiful decorated in the red and white Canadian Flags, banners and balloons. All proceeds will go to the general upkeep of the Recreation and Heritage Centers.
Many thanks to all residents and visitors who brought along the food, and thanks to all who could not attend but sent donations. A dance for the public was organized by Dianne Rideout and Maisie Hopkins for Saturday night. Thanks, ladies, for that.
At 11:00am on Sunday, July 1, a Memorial Day wreath laying and flag raising ceremony was held at the picturesque setting of the Co-Op Heritage Center, Beaumont.
The weather was just ideal – sunny and warm – as those gathered remembered the losses suffered by Newfoundlanders of the Blue Puttees, The First Newfoundland Regiment at Beaumont Hamel in 1916.
Heritage Society and Recreation Committee member Louise Colbourne laid a wreath to honour them and all veterans who gave their lives in wars since and those who have passed due to natural causes. Louise’s daughter and son-in-law, Private Tracey and Corporal Jason Colbourne are currently in the Armed Forces, both stationed in Oromocto, NB. Recreation Committee member Mildred Hurley read the ODE of Remembrance.
Linda Burton filled in for Heritage Society member Pansy Rideout with her part on the first Canada Day and the formation of our great country. Heritage Society member, Goldie Colbourne gave a description of our flag. After the singing of “O Canada,” our most senior resident, Mr. Enos Paddock, cut the birthday cake that was served to all present. Thank you Mr. Paddock. Happy Canada Day!