B.C. Premier Christy Clark joined at packed house at West Kelowna’s Royal LePage Place Wednesday to mark Remembrance Day.
After laying a wreath on behalf of the province, Clark, whose Westside-Kelowna riding includes West Kelowna, spoke briefly saying it is important to remember those who gave their lives for freedoms Canadian enjoy today.
Expressing gratitude to the roughly 2,000 people who packed into the municipal spots arena to mark the day, the premier said it was a reflection of a caring community that so many wanted to come out and pay tribute to those who gave their lives in war.
“Each year on the 11th day of the 11th month, we pay silent tribute to the men and women who served in conflicts past and current, and made the ultimate sacrifice for our country,” said Clark.
“From every corner of this nation, and from every walk of life, they risked everything so that their friends, neighbours and descendants will never have to face the horrors of war. So that our children will grow up safe and free.”
Clark said those who gather, honour their memory by preserving what they fought for—peace, freedom and a Canada where differences are settled not with violence, but with discussion and democracy.
“Thank you to all those who have answered their country’s call, who continue to represent us at our best and to the families that support them.”
The ceremony inside Royal LePage Place is one of two held in West Kelowna each year. Another, smaller gathering, is also held outdoors at the actual community cenotaph at the Westbank Lions Community Hall.
The city’s annual Remembrance Day ceremony, organized by the local branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, was brought in doors shortly after Royal LePage Place opened to make it more comfortable for the veterans, many of whom are now elderly.
Remembrance Day ceremonies were also held in downtown Kelowna, Rutland, Lake Country and in Peachland.
Premier Christy Clark was among the guests on hand this morning to participate in the Remembrance Day ceremony held inside Royal LePage Place.
Along with being premier, Clark is also the MLA for Westside-Kelowna.
The ceremony was organized by the Royal Canadian Legion branch 288 in West Kelowna.
Similar Remembrance Day services were also held in Kelowna—one at the City Park cenotaph nd another at the Lions Park cenotaph in Rutland— Lake Country and Peachland, also all organized by local branches of the Royal Canadian Legion.
Oyama Legion branch president Rob Nairne read the act of remembrance at the Lake Country service. It reads as follows:
“They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning.
We will remember them.”