From the beginning to the end of a wedding, a funeral, any ceremony, even a war, there is a piper. The presence of the ubiquitous piper is especially true in present day Glengarry.
The recent commemoration of the one hundredth anniversary of the beginning of ‘The War to End All Wars’, also referred to as ‘The Great War’ was no exception. The Glengarry community of Williamstown collaborated to honour those ancestors “Who Answered the Call” by a moving ceremony conducted in St. Andrews United Church. The names of the 18 young men from Williamstown who died in WWI were solemnly recited.
In the hushed audience there were descendants of those men, such as the Cattanach, Gordon, Larocque, Proctor, Urquhart and Stewart families.
It takes a lot of men and women to wage a war. They served in trenches, in the air, in factories, in mines and on farms. Over five million allied soldiers were killed in WWI; over twelve million were wounded. Over 34 thousand Canadians were killed in action.
It also takes a lot of people to research, prepare and present an excellent presentation such as the one in delivered in Williamstown. Even those who baked the cookies and served the lemonade for the end of the evening’s gathering merit recognition. Young Angus McRae and Sam Chambre role-played as impetuous boys who falsified their age in order to sign up for the excitement The Great War seemed to offering 1n 1914. Leon Chamois illustrated the technologies and difficulties related to horrors of gas warfare. Local families shared letters sent home from the front, whose authors are now buried in Europe.
Military uniforms, rifles, kilts and photos were displayed. Many of those items can also be examined in Williamstown’s Nor’Westers and Loyalist Museum, starting on August 26.