Clad in hockey jerseys, hundreds gathered in points across the Central Okanagan to pay tribute to the 16 members of the Humboldt Broncos killed in last week’s bus crash.
At a vigil in West Kelowna and another in Kelowna, the names of those who died when the team bus hit a semi-trailer en route to a game in Saskatchewan last Friday were read aloud while men, women and children bowed their heads in grief and let their tears flow.
“We are overwhelmed with loss and grief,” said Rev. Don Richmond, at the second of two vigils he spoke at, before offering a prayer.
“If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together.. there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. but the most important thing is, even if we’re apart.. I’ll always be with you.” Winnie the Pooh (A.A. Milne). ❤️💜🧡🖤💛💚💙. #humboldt #humboldtbroncos #jerseyday #humboldtstrong
During unthinkable tragedies such as these, we can be sure of one thing. It is that our country comes together in ways like never before. To all families affected by recent events, your loss is heavy in our hearts. You are not alone. __ #humboldtstrong #jerseyday #prayforhumboldt #humboldtbroncos #humboldt #jerseysforhumboldt #augustmotorcars #augustmazda
Support for those who are hurting nearby and afar is why the country banded together to grieve.
“We play together, we laugh together and we cry together,” said MP Dan Albas at the West Kelowna vigil for Humboldt Saskatchewan Thursday night.
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