FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Hundreds of Fort St. John residents turned up outside the Royal Canadian Legion this morning to take part in our city’s Remembrance Day ceremonies.
City councillor and Master of Ceremonies Dan Davies said that this year’s turnout was the largest that he can remember in the nearly 30 years that he’s been participating in the event, the past twelve as M.C. The ceremony began at 10:00 a.m. with the Remembrance Day parade along 100th St. to City Hall and back, followed by the wreath-laying at the Fort St. John cenotaph.
A standing room-only crowd then packed the Legion itself for the indoor ceremony that began before a moment of silence at 11:00 to honour those that have served our country. Padre Gord Klassen and Mayor Lori Ackerman also gave several speeches and prayers. Klassen quoted a passage from the Bible by King Solomon, and pointed out that this year is poignant year to remember veteran’s sacrifices due to the presence of wars being waged across the world.
The moving service wrapped up with the wreath ceremony, the singing of ‘Amazing Grace’ and ‘God Save the Queen’, along with an ovation for veterans.
Speaking after the service, Davies said that he was incredibly pleased with the huge turnout at today’s event. He added that though the weather may have helped bring out a larger than usual crowd, that other events taking place around the world could also have played a factor. “I think people do remember, there’s a lot of conflict in the world right now,” said Davies. “I think a lot of people recognize, connecting the importance of Remembrance Day to what’s going on in the world. How our members of the Canadian Armed Forces are involved with that.”
The Legion’s Remembrance Day festivities are continuing throughout the day today, with plenty of events including horse races, and a turkey dinner and dance this evening.