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Honouring troops ahead of Remembrance Day

Honouring troops ahead of Remembrance Day

Everyone should take a moment to thank the military, an Ont. grower said

By Diego Flammini
Staff Writer

Canadians are wearing red poppies and will attend ceremonies Monday in recognition of Remembrance Day.

On Nov. 11, 1918, British, German and French officials signed an armistice to bring the First World War to an end. The war officially ended in June 1919.

With that at top of mind, connected with members of Ontario’s ag community to reflect on the service of past and present members of the armed forces.

Some producers, like Cecil Hofstetter, a dairy farmer from Oxford County, have family ties to the Canadian military.

“My grandfather and my father-in-law served,” he told “I have some family now that’s in the army, and I think we are in debt to anyone who has served and to anyone who is thinking of serving.”

Bruce Hudson, a cash crop and hog farmer from Huron County, plans to have a moment of silence at 11 a.m. on Monday. He hopes others will do the same.

“We all should take a moment at the eleventh hour, on the eleventh day, in the eleventh month, to remember the soldiers, which would’ve included fellow farmers, and the sacrifices they made that allow us to have the freedoms we do today,” he told

Joyce Sonneveld, a cash cropper from the Niagara Region, agrees.

“We’re very lucky to have the freedoms we do, and we should all be thankful for the men and women who fought overseas,” she told “Not just on Remembrance Day, but every day.”

For more information on how Ontario producers contributed to the war efforts, check out this photo essay from the November 2018 edition of Better Farming.

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