As I stood in the park and the cold November breeze blew through the air trying to knock off the last of the beautiful fall leaves, I could see people starting to arrive to pick their spot for the Remembrance Day service. One thing I noticed this year was there were a lot more school aged children at the park. I hope this is not just my positive thinking playing tricks on me. I think it is important for the younger ages to embrace what Remembrance Day is all about. It shows them why they are so fortunate to live in a country as great as Canada and have all the freedoms that we take for granted every day we rise out of bed and go about our business. Hats off to our schools, for taking the time to bring the children out. And take part in such an important event. Also I noticed that more parents had brought their children along to pay their respects to the many that have given their lives for our country.
Again this year as in past years young adults from the cadets stood guard at the cenotaph from the night before until the service was over. I can only imagine how cold it must have been for them over the evening and early morning hours. The usual group of government representatives were at the park, as in years past, to place a wreath for a fallen solider. Or represent the city or Canadian government. Then a welcome and thank you letter from the Prime Minister of Canada.
I could hear the roar of the Lancaster bomber as it approached us to perform its magnificent fly over and everyone look up as it flew by. This is your queue that things are about to get under way. It was a great morning and I look forward to attending next years, giving my thanks for the many that laid down their lives so my family and friends can enjoy the great country and freedom we call Canada.
I have included some of my photos I captured this morning and hope you enjoy, I know I was glad to be at the park this day. I hope you said thank you in your own way to the many that are not with us.