Letter: Veterans don’t hide from elements when they serve

The short time that we brave the elements on Remembrance Day is a small price to pay in order that we can honour their sacrifice.

To the editor:

I watched the evening news on Wednesday 11 November detailing the various Remembrance Day events around the Okanagan. The Royal Le Page Place event got excellent coverage (mainly because the premier was there). Another West Kelowna event received no coverage at all.

There has always been “another” ceremony in West Kelowna that is ignored by “officialdom.”

When the main West Kelowna ceremony was moved inside, many decided that they would still honour the fallen in the open air at the original cenotaph outside the Lions Hall on Main Street. Each year the number of people attending this event has increased. Despite emails to themayor and council, we have not had representation from them.

The City of West Kelowna covers a large area and, as was demonstrated by the attendance at Royal Le Page Place, could easily support two ceremonies. Thecity, legion, police, military and others could provide representatives to both events.

Our soldiers could not escape the trenches or the jungle in a dry modern building. They did not fight in heated halls, lie on dry floors or shelter from the desert sun under a fixed roof.

The short time that we brave the elements on Remembrance Day is a small price to pay in order that we can honour their sacrifice.

To have two “officialdom” supported and advertized locations would allow people to have a choice, where they pay their respects.

Heather Yeats, West Kelowna

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