Community pauses to reflect at Remembrance Day ceremony
Fort McMurray, AB, November 11, 2012 – Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 165 held its annual Remembrance Day ceremony at MacDonald Island Park on Sunday morning.
An estimated 1,350 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 Brian Jean, MP, Fort McMurray-Athabasca; the Honourable Don Scott, Associate Minister of Accountability, Transparency and Transformation and MLA, Fort McMurray-Conklin; Mike Allen, MLA, Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo; Melissa Blake, 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.
For the first time, Legion members stood on guard at the cenotaph at Branch No. 165 throughout the ceremony at Nexen Field House. The ceremony was also simulcast live online by 100.5 K-Rock.
“It is the direct result of the sacrifices of our brave men and women in uniform that we have the tremendous opportunities we have today,” said Tim Reid, Chief Operating Officer at MacDonald Island Park. “Words cannot express the gratitude we have as a community for these individuals. On behalf of the Board of Directors and the ‘Mi Team’ at MacDonald Island, we sincerely thank all of the veterans that have always put our community and our country first.”