Annual Remembrance Day ceremony provides community opportunity to reflect

Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 165 held its annual Remembrance Day ceremony at the Suncor Community Leisure Centre on Tuesday morning.

Almost two thousand 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 the Honourable Don Scott, Minister of Innovation and Advanced Education and MLA, Fort McMurray-Conklin; Mike Allen, MLA, Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo; Jane Stroud, Deputy Mayor, Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB); and 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.

“Today was an opportunity for community members to gather and reflect on the sacrifices made in the past to allow us the opportunities we enjoy today,” said Russell Agnew, Interim Chief Operating Officer of the Regional Recreation Corporation of Wood Buffalo. “The annual Remembrance Day ceremony is also a chance for us to thank the many veterans who put our community and country first and honour the memories of those who made the ultimate sacrifice, as well as those who have served and continue to serve our country.”

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