Crowds gather around Vancouver Island to mark Remembrance Day

Crowds gather around Vancouver Island to mark Remembrance Day
Crowds gathered for Remembrance Day in Victoria on Nov. 11, 2019.

Vancouver Islanders – at cenotaphs up and down the Island – took time today to honour the service and sacrifice of those in uniform.

Thousands turned up in Victoria, surrounding the cenotaph at the B.C. legislature.

The annual service was preceded by a parade, followed by the singing of O Canada and the playing of The Last Post. A long list of representatives from all levels of government, veterans and many others laid wreaths to recognize who served or made the ultimate sacrifice.

Rev. Andrew Gates also led the crowd in prayer.

“We don’t glorify. There’s no glory standing here only to remember loved ones who have died, best friends we no longer embrace.”

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In Nanaimo, air and army cadets began a 24-hour honour guard at 11 a.m. Sunday. The young men and women stood near the Dallas Square cenotaph to honour those who have fought for Canada.

Premier John Horgan said in a statement that Remembrance Day is a time to reflect on the horrors of war, loved ones lost and the sacrifice of those who returned with injuries, both visible and invisible.

“For generations, Canadians have bravely risked their lives to protect ours. We must never forget their sacrifice. We must stand united against hate, violence and intolerance. And we must work together to build a more peaceful world.”


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