It’s hard to imagine what lingers in the memories of the old gentleman standing in front of me.
And if he wasn’t wearing his ceremonial jacket, hat, and a rack of medals across his chest, one would probably not even bother to imagine.
But today is different. Today is the day these memories seep to the surface once again; today is the day you look into the old man’s eyes and imagine what lingers in his memories of long ago.
Today is Remembrance Day and 86-year-old Joseph Sellors is 19 again. Sellors was one of many guests of honour in Brampton’s ceremony and rode in style, below, as the parade worked its way from the Rose Theatre to the cenotaph beside city hall.
Sellors was 19-years-old in 1945 and the year after he began his distinguished career in the Brampton Lorne Scots, starting off as piper and finishing all these years later as Pipe Major and Chief Warrant Officer. In 1997, his then-50 years of service was recognized in the House of Commons when Colleen Beaumier, Liberal MP for Brampton, stood and outlined Sellors’ background within the Lorne Scots.
He even has a laneway in downtown Brampton named after him.
Henry Verschuren, below, commanding officer of Legion Branch 15 and Parade Commander directs participants prior to the parade through town.
Verschuren takes a moment to collect himself before sending the parade downtown, below.
And the faces, young and old, who came to Brampton’s cenotaph to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice:
“…To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.”