Annual Remembrance Day ceremony an opportunity to honour and remember

Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 165 held its annual Remembrance Day ceremony at the Suncor Community Leisure Centre on Wednesday morning. This year’s ceremony held special significance as 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the poem In Flanders Fields, which has become synonymous with Remembrance Day and honouring the memory and sacrifice of those who have served our country.

Hundreds of community members took part in the solemn and reflective ceremony, which was led by Canadian veterans and members of Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 165. Dignitaries in attendance included David Yurdiga, MP for Fort McMurray-Cold Lake, Tany Yao, MLA for Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo, Melissa Blake, Mayor of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) and several members of RMWB Council.

The ceremony also featured representatives from the Wood Buffalo detachment of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Fort McMurray Fire Fighters Local 2494, RMWB Emergency Services, the Fort McMurray Army Cadet Corps 2803, and 868 Rotary Northstar Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron, among other community groups.

“Every Remembrance Day we pause to reflect and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice, as well as those who have served our nation and continue to serve,” said Annette Antoniak, Chief Executive Officer of the Regional Recreation Corporation of Wood Buffalo. “Through their commitment to our country we enjoy the freedoms we experience today. November 11 is also an opportunity to remember and honour all who serve the public, including police officers, firefighters and the many others who willingly risk their own lives every day to ensure our safety.”

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