Veterans, Royal Canadian Legion members, RCMP in Red Serge, Cadets, Scouts, Guides, and the Williams Lake Pipe Band will be among those leading the Remembrance Day ceremonies in Williams Lake this Sunday.
The ceremonies start in the Gibraltar Room Sunday, Nov. 11.
The doors open to the public at 9 a.m. and the service starts at 9:30 a.m.
Following the Gibraltar Room service the parade carries on to the Cenotaph next to city hall for the two minute wave of silence at 11 a.m. and the laying of wreaths in remembrance of all those who have lost their lives in defence of Canada.
Debra Hance will be laying the wreath on behalf of Canada’s Silver Cross Mother this year.
Cp. Phil Sullivan is the parade marshal.
“The legion encourages one and all to come and take part in the Remembrance Day services,” says Reg Norberg, the 2012 poppy campaign chair.
From the Cenotaph the public is invited to join the parade to the Legion hall on Barnard Street where hot dogs and refreshments will be available for all the youth participants downstairs.
Upstairs Royal Canadian Legion Branch 139 invites adults to join them for lunch (free or by donation), fellowship and entertainment throughout the afternoon.
The Old Time Fiddlers, The Perfect Match and Williams Lake pipers will be among the entertainers.
At 4 p.m. a free beef dip supper is provided by Save On Foods.
After that there is usually a sing-a-long with old time music from the Second World War, Norberg says. Song sheets will be available.
For more information or if you need a ride to the service or a wreath to place at the Cenotaph please contact the local legion branch at 250-392-7311 or 250-392-4255.
Funds from the sale of the bright red poppy lapel pins we wear on Remembrance Day helps veterans and their families who have been affected by the wars of the past and wars taking place around the world today.
“On Remembrance Day we officially remember our military people, in particular those who have fallen in the duty of defending our nation,” Norberg says.
“Every day we should also remember those who have fallen, and in particular consider the troops today who have post traumatic stress disorder and how we can help make life better for them.
“Every day is a day we should be remembering.”