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Nelsonites fill Cenotaph to honour Canada’s veterans for Remembrance Day

The parade made its way along Vernon Street before entering City Hall Courtyard for the 2019 Nelson Remembrance Day Ceremony. — Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily

More than a thousand spectators lined the streets and jammed the Cenotaph at the City Hall Courtyard Monday to honour those who sacrificed much more than personal comfort for our way of life at the 2019 Remembrance Day Ceremony.

The crowd packed the City Hall Courtyard before war veterans, led by the Kootenay Kiltie Pipe Band, Nelson Police, RCMP, Nelson Fire Rescue, BC Sheriffs, local first responders, Search and Rescue, Cadets, Scouts and dignitaries marched from the Nelson Legion along Baker Street to the Cenotaph.

The ceremony included the playing of Last Post, two-minutes of silence, a flyover by Nelson Pilots Association and speakers recognizing the sacrifice of veterans from yesteryear.

Monday’s ceremony was led by War Veteran Doug Wood and included words from Nelson Mayor John Dooley and Legion President Bill Andreaschuk.

Dooley acknowledged people of Nelson for continually attending Remembrance Day Ceremony year after year as well as teachers in the community who keep the message fresh for students in schools.

In closing, Dooley wanted to recognize the first responders who continue to work tirelessly to keep Nelson safe.

The Nelson Community Band was on hand to lead the crowd in O' Canada and God Save the Queen.

During the ceremony, Wood told the crowd war veteran Lionel Binnett, who for years recited war poem at the Nelson Remembrance Day Ceremony, In Flanders Field, had died.

However, Binnett was present in spirit as a past recording of the 99-year-old veteran thundered out those familiar In Flanders Field, poem to the crowd.

The ceremony concluded with the placing of wreaths by the public.

Wood asked for patience from the crowd as 2019 set a record for wreaths at 127.

Nelson’s ceremony was just one of many across BC as thousands honoured the service and sacrifice of Canadian veterans.

Nelson Mayor John Dooley recognized the support the Remembrance Day Ceremony receives from the community. — The Nelson Daily

The crowd filled the City Hall Courtyard. — The Nelson Daily

Tim Bullen of the Nelson Community Band played Last Post. — The Nelson Daily photo

Young and old placed wreaths on the Cenotaph at City Hall saluting the soldiers from Nelson who gave their life during war. — The Nelson Daily photo

Nelson Cadets stood guard at the Cenotaph during the ceremony. — The Nelson Daily photo