Remembrance at St. Anselm for 160 soldiers


There were 160 photographs of Canadian soldiers killed while on duty mounted on small posts on Bessborough Dr. in front of St. Anselm Church after the Remembrance Day service at St. Anselm school.

All but two of the soldiers were killed in Afghanistan. The two were Corporal Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, who died in Ottawa and Quebec in October.

A photograph of each soldier was carried into the church one at a time by grade 6, 7 and 8 students. Afterwards, the students carried them in a procession on streets around the school. The photographs were planted in front of the flagpole where they were to remain as a memorial for several days.

Grade six teacher David Nespolo, who is also a corporal in the Governor-General’s Horse Guard, organized the church service. At the end local singer-songwriter Bob Reid performed his song Highway of Heroes.