Residents of Fort St. John braved the cold to join the rest of the country in remembering.
Remembrance Day is observed in many countries around the world to pay tribute to all the people who served and those who died during the last century’s wars. In Canada, Canadians mark the day by honouring the many people who have served and continue to serve the country.
A moment of silence is held at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11 to represent the end of the First World War; at the time considered to be the war to end all wars.
Various groups, including veterans, cadets, RCMP officers, fire fighters, and city officials all participated in a parade through the city’s streets, ending in front of the cenotaph at the Royal Canadian Legion.
A short service was conducted in front of the monument where a single wreath was laid.
The ceremony was then moved indoors where participants and city residents gathered into the Legion’s main auditorium. Those who couldn’t fit in the room were able to watch the service from other parts of the building.
Just before 11 a.m. everyone sang the national anthem before the Last Post was played by Nyomi Smith and two minutes of silence was observed.
Afterwards, the remembrance service was given by Capt. Ben Lippers which included a reading of John McCrae’s poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ and a wreath ceremony.
Several organizations and businesses from across the city laid wreaths at the front of the room, including one wreath laid for all Canadian Forces members in Afghanistan. It was laid by a young boy whose father is currently serving in the country.
For the rest of the day, the Legion will be holding various fundraising activities including a turkey dinner and a dance.