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Legion Lays Out Plans For 100th Remembrance Day Celebrations

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
Legion Lays Out Plans For 100th Remembrance Day Celebrations

2017 Remembrance Day Ceremony at MacDonald Island Park. Photo by: Brandon Piper//Harvard Broadcasting

It’s been nearly a hundred years since the last shot was fired, signaling an end to World War I and almost a century later – Canadians remember now more than ever.

With Remembrance Day on Sunday, the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 165 is letting residents know about a number of events happening through the RMWB.

Branch 165 Second-Vice President Bill Rockwell tells Mix News November 11 is chance to remember all those lives lost in the line of duty.

“Husbands, wives, daughters, sons, friends. These are real people and they gave it all up. Now, you can’t thank them enough but you can respect their memory by coming to one of our ceremonies and thinking about it. There’s always a personal connection to. Any family in Canada that’s been here for practically any amount of time will have a direct connection with the military.”

Rockwell adds there are veterans young and old in all corners of the RMWB and Remembrance Day is a way to thank them for their service.

He says it’s important to acknowledge the tribulations that all vets have endured.

“They aren’t simply older gentlemen or ladies who sit in a wheelchair, wearing a blanket because they deserve that blanket, by the way – and it keeps them warm,” Rockwell laughed. “But it is also about your hockey coach, your coworkers. These veterans are real people. To them, all the day means is maybe a friend or a comrade who never came home.”

The annual Remembrance Day celebration at MacDonald Island Park will begin at 9:30 a.m.

For those seeking something a little less crowded – another ceremony will take place at the Legion in Waterways starting at 10:40 a.m.

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