Long-standing supporters and contributors to the Wilton Remembrance Day Service, the Odessa & District Lions Club, were recognized with a dedication ceremony at the Wilton Community Hall and Wilton Cenotaph on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022.
A highlight of the ceremony was the dedication of a beautiful ornamental cement poppy, according to a media release from Loyalist Township. The poppy, which was handcrafted by Master Warrant Officer (MWO) Renay Groves, was presented in appreciation to the Odessa & District Lions Club for their continued support of the annual Remembrance Day service in Wilton over the past 35 years.
According to the release, the poppy was placed in the flower bed at the front of the Wilton Community Hall, so that it could be appreciated and enjoyed by all residents and visitors to the community. During the dedication ceremony, MWO Groves was joined by Loyalist Township Mayor, Jim Hegadorn, to unveil the poppy along with a plaque which expresses the significance of the poppy.
“On behalf of Loyalist Township, I would like to thank Master Warrant Officer Renay Groves for making this beautiful replica Poppy and for recognizing the dedication of the Odessa & District Lions Club. Their hard work and commitment to the Remembrance Day Ceremony is graciously appreciated by Loyalist Township,” Mayor Hegadorn stated.
“I would also like to recognize the service and sacrifice of the members of our nation’s armed forces who continue to preserve peace and freedom, not just here in Canada but around the world. In Loyalist Township, we’re blessed to call many of these individuals our neighbours and friends,” Hegadorn added.
The replica poppy, on loan from the Odessa & District Lions Club, will be displayed in the garden at the Wilton Community Hall annually, from early spring until after Remembrance Day.