It was a celebration of the best of times, and remembrance of the worst of times, that drew about 200 people, including many dignitaries, to the Bridgewater Baptist Church on the evening of November 4.
They were there for the Bridgewater Fire Department Band's (BFDB's ) special Armistice Concert in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, as well as the band's own 150th anniversary.
The band also took the opportunity to recognize the 431 years of service of its most senior members, who were each presented a Sovereign Medal by the Honourable Arthur LeBlanc, Nova Scotia's lieutenant governor, who was there along with his wife, Her Honour Patsy LeBlanc.
Honorary Colonel Dan Hennessey was the master of ceremonies, narrating moving historical accounts of WWI, written by local author John Cunningham, and introducing the musical scores with background to them.
Conductor Captain Wendell Eisener led the band, which dates back to 1868, through 30 musical scores, which included somber pieces such as The Vanished Army, by Kenneth J. Alford, traditional pieces, such as Judge & Williams's It's a Long Way to Tipperary, and more whimsical ones such as Oh How I Hate to Get up in the Morning.
As well as the significance of the two anniversaries and recognizing the long-standing commitment of its senior members, Eisener told LighthouseNOW, the music made the night for him.
"Musical satisfaction through and through," said the conductor.