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Crowds gather in Vancouver to remember and honour war dead

Last Updated Nov 11, 2016 at 1:39 pm PDT

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VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – The program began with a performance by the Vancouver Back youth choir and military marching units were led to Victory Square by the flag party.

Veteran Don Easton flew bombing missions in Europe during World War II. “We opened at D-Day, we were involved and as we were coming across the Channel, we could see the wakes of all the ships. Our job was to bomb the German gunmen placement on the coast, which we did at 1,800 feet, which was unheard of. Then we had to climb up to 18,000.”

There was one main theme at the ceremony today, and it’s to remember so that the mistakes of the past are not repeated.

As we remember the sacrifice of our veterans, we should also remember to meet their needs throughout the rest of the year.

Every year we lose more of the men who fought for Canada during the second world war and Defense Minister Harjit SajjanSajjan says we have a responsibility to take care of them… and all other seniors.

“Transportation for them gets difficult, in some cases paying the rent gets very difficult, and so Rememberance Day is just another reminder that we look after the generation that gave us this tremendous opportinity.”

He points towards the Liberal government’s Canada Pension Plan reforms as an example.

Sajjan is a veteran himself — he was deployed overseas four times, and was wounded during his service in Bosnia.