Led by a Fort St. John Fire Department truck, the parade included members of the local RCMP, paramedics, B.C. Sheriff Service, Rocky Mountain Ranger Army Cadets, Scouts, Brownies, Beavers, and Girl Guides, along with local, provincial, and senate government representatives.
The parade was followed by a ceremony outside by the cenotaph, including a moment of silence, a prayer, and a march past local veterans by those in uniform.
Inside, the Legion was once again packed for the Remembrance Day service, with many watching from outside the hall via closed circuit. In addition to the service by Gord Klassen, of the Fort St. John Alliance Church, the crowd heard from Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman, Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm, Senator Richard Neufeld, and Legion President Laura Sanders.
“Remembrance Day is a time to reflect on the sacrifice that brave men and women have made, and what it means to us,” said MLA Pimm. “It reminds us of the freedoms that we enjoy here in our country, and that they come at a very heavy price.”
“We should not forget about those who are serving right now in other countries around the world who try to maintain peace as best they can in some very difficult situations,” added Senator Neufeld.
2013 marks the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War, and as such, Master of Ceremonies Dan Davies also made sure to salute the one Korean War veteran in the audience. The service was rounded out with the singing of Amazing Grace and God Save the Queen, after local organizations and businesses laid wreaths at the front of the room.
Following the ceremony, the crowd enjoyed a chili lunch put on by the Legion. The day continues with horse races this afternoon, and a turkey dinner and dance tonight.