Fort St. John remembers

Residents met before 10:00 a.m. and marched together down 100 Street and turning onto 103 make their way back to the Legion. Thanks to a beautiful clear, but chilly, day, a ceremony was held outside by the cenotaph, including a moment of silence, a prayer, and a parade of those in uniform.

Later inside, every room of the Legion was packed, as men and women young and old waited to watch the official Remembrance Day service. Those who couldn't fit in the main hall watched from closed circuit televisions throughout the other rooms. 

The ceremony included speeches from all levels of government, including Fort St. John Mayor Bruce Leant, MLA Pat Pimm, MP Bob Zimmer and Senator Richard Neufeld, as well as an address by the Legion President Laura Sanders. The service also featured the playing of a song about Remembrance Day written last year by grade 5 students at Charlie Lake Elementary, with the help of songwriter Paul Hann.

Master of Ceremonies Major Dan Davies led the procession through the singing of O' Canada, and two minutes of silence, accompanied by Shayla Faminow on the bugle, Wayne Cheeseman on the piano and Cadet Robbie McMullin on the bagpipes. Dozens of companies and organization laid so many wreaths at the front of the room that there was barely any room left.

The morning service wrapped up with a service by Captain Ben Lippers, who reminded everyone of the importance of the small gesture of saying "thank-you" to a veteran. After the commemoration, guests were invited to stay for a hot chili lunch. The rest of the day will include horse races and a turkey shoot, as well as a dinner and dance to wrap up the holiday.

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