ry special service attended by many from across the community.
The Drumhead Service is a tradition that dates back to the 1700’s. On the battlefields, there was often no way for soldiers to attend church, to worship and pray.
Instead, the Padre or Chaplain would hold a “Drumhead Service” – creating a temporary altar on the field, using military drums draped with the regimental or National flags. Drumhead Services are still held as a salute to those who fought on battlefields around the world and made the ultimate sacrifice.
These are my remarks from the event:
Thank you for having me here today.
This is a very special occasion. Today we remember all those from this community who so bravely gave their lives in wars of the past, who heard the call of the silent drums, as they stood as an altar to peace.
The youth of this community heard the call, the call to freedom, the call to democracy,the call for Canada.
Patriots, every one of them to the last, from the cold fields of France to the marshes of the Netherlands, we were there. Our brave fighters, sons of Northumberland so far from everything they knew,but so ready to protect our way of life.
There is no nobility in war. There is no nobility in suffering. But there is nobility in bravery.
These Drumhead Ceremonies, in a tradition dating back to the 18th century, stand as a permanent legacy to the greatest personal sacrifice that can ever be given, standing tall to represent not the ghosts of the past, but a beacon to the present and future.
We must never forget the debt we owe to those commemorated here today. Theirs is a legacy not of conflict, but of peace, of hope over hatred, of understanding, over division.