Remembrance Day in Penticton appeared fairly a bit completely different once more this yr because of the pandemic however that didn’t cease tons of of individuals from gathering at Veterans Memorial Park.
“We was once within the Penticton Commerce and Conference Centre and usually round 2,000 folks would come. However due to COVID we couldn’t be inside,” stated Penticton Legion Department 40 Poppy Marketing campaign Chair Bob Sudbury.
“We adopted COVID protocol this yr with a taped off space for less than VIP. Being in a public park although, we couldn’t cease folks from coming and so they crammed the entire space.”
For Michelle Jenkins, a bereaved mom, she says that attending the ceremony was particularly arduous however does so in honour of her son.
“When he lastly instructed me that he had signed up, I cried for hours. I attempted to persuade him to not do it however he instructed me that that is what he was born to do.”
Jenkins has laid a wreath in reminiscence of her son every year since his passing.
“He was 31 years previous and the military was simply his life. He handed away in January of 2016. He was primarily based in Maryland and was in Ottawa to start out with,” stated Jenkins.
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The ceremony was stored quick because of restrictions and the climate, however didn’t draw back from essential traditions.
A bugle participant performed “The Final Submit” and bagpipes echoed all through the park earlier than the laying of wreaths.
“I truthfully like having the ceremony at a cenotaph like this one — that is the true factor,” stated Sudbury.
“Troopers by no means stated that they didn’t need to struggle as a result of it’s raining and chilly. We’ve coats, we’re Canadian, we will stand out right here to recollect.”
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