Hundreds lined the streets, and later crammed into the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 102, for Fort St. John’s annual Remembrance Day parade and ceremony on Wednesday.
The parade led to the city’s outdoor cenotaph, where Major Dan Davies, master of ceremonies for the event, laid a wreath. Everyone in attendance observed a moment of silence.
Inside, Rev. Louise Hart said a prayer giving thanks for the soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the freedom of others, and Senator Richard Neufeld expressed his mixed emotions about Remembrance Day.
“On one hand, we armed those soldiers who have defended the maple leaf and those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Indeed, it is a sad day of remembrance,” he said.
“On the other hand, it is also a day that allows us to remember just how lucky we are to live in a peaceful country like ours.”
Pat Pimm, MLA for Peace River North, reminded those gathered that the poppy is not only a symbol of respect for those who made the ultimate sacrifice in times of war, but also for those who serve today.
“They also remind us to give thanks to the men and women who . . . are willing to put themselves in danger to keep us safe,” he said. “It’s important that we gather here today.”
Dozens of individuals and organizations laid wreaths at the base of an indoor cenotaph.