One of the largest crowds in recent memory filled the Cenotaph at the City Hall Courtyard in Nelson to paid remember those who sacrificed much more than personal comfort for the way of life Saturday at the Remembrance Day Ceremonies.
Mother Nature once again cooperated as spectators lined Ward street sidewalks and lawn surrounding the Cenotaph to catch a few words from speakers at the traditional ceremony that included the playing of Last Post, two-minutes of silence, a flyover by Nelson Pilots Association and speakers praising veterans of yesteryear. War Veteran Doug Wood led the ceremony that included words from Reverend Jeff Donnelly from St. Saviour’s Church, Nelson Mayor Deb Kozak and 98-year old war veteran, Lionel Binnett.
Kozak touched on the contributions of local war heroes from Nelson during the World Wars.
Nelson Community Band, formerly the Nelson City Band, was on hand also to lead the crowd in O' Canada and God Save the Queen along with Wood reading a message from Kootenay Columbia MP Wayne Stetski, who attended Remembrance Day Ceremonies in Creston.
A highlight of the ceremony, as in most years, was Binnett reciting the war poem, In Flanders Field.
This year marks 99 years since the end of WW I. It's also been 100 years since the Battle of Passchendaele, which left more than 15,000 Canadians wounded or dead.
The procession of veterans, led by the Kootenay Kiltie Pipe Band, as well as Nelson Police, RCMP, BC Sheriffs and local first responders, kicked off the event by marching to City Hall for the cenotaph ceremony.