VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Under crisp, clear skies in Vancouver, thousands of people lined the streets to mark Remembrance Day at Victory Square.
For many people who came to today’s ceremony, it was a lesson in family values. Shoulder to shoulder people stood in silence surrounding the cenotaph, many of them children, paying respects to fallen soldiers.
Maxwell, his wife and their two kids were in the crowd, and he says it’s important for him and his family to take time to remember.
“As Canadians, [there are] freedoms that we have that others don’t. It is good to have my children here as well. While they might not really understand, they can at least see the people walking who represented our country abroad.
He adds he uses the ceremony to reflect on peace and he plans to bring his kids to honour soldiers every year.
Karen Ageson also came with her family, and stressed how important it is for Canadians to come together, but also suggested we should consider what we can do moving forward.
“This morning before coming here we were talking about how war is a terrible thing and we need to remember that people die and suffer when they go to war. We need to do as much as we can to avoid that in the future,” she says.
Alfred Wallace says he comes to the event every year to remember his grandfather who died in the Second World War and say a prayer for those who survived.
In reading the prayer of remembrance, Maj.-Rev. Jim Short recalled those who died at home and abroad, but also singled out those who have been wounded in war _ in mind, body or spirit. He offered special words of support to the loved ones of those who took their own lives in or after their military service.
Short also urged Canada to welcome with open arms people who are fleeing war and looking for a new home.
In a statement, Vancouver MP and Canada’s new Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says while Nov. 11 is a time for historic reflection, it’s also a time that resonates with military members and their families, for whom the burden of war is a very current reality.
More than two million Canadians have served and continue to serve our country during times of war and conflict.