Close to two hundred people gathered in St. Vital’s School gymnasium in Battleford on Saturday morning to pay homage to the men and women who fought and are still fighting for our country and the freedom’s that we enjoy on daily basis during Remembrance Day Services.
The event, hosted by the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #9, began with the ceremonial two minutes of silence followed by a reading of “In Flanders Field’s” along with scripture readings.
“My heart swelled with pride seeing the huge turnout here today,” Legion President Esther Delainey said. “Every year it gets bigger and it shows our veterans that we really do care about them and the sacrifice that our soldiers have made.”
Following the scripture readings many wreaths were laid to honoring soldiers who made the supreme sacrifice for Canada along with those who were involved in the Canadian Armed Forces who have passed away.
“I really believe the outpouring of gratitude for our veterans stems from the Afghanistan war,” said Carl Miller of Battleford. “To our younger generation the First and Second World Wars are too long ago to even fathom but when our soldiers went overseas and this generation actually got to see what war was like.”
Remembrance Day ceremonies in 2018 will mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War and organizers expect huge celebrations to occur in the area.
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