Remembrance Day ceremony provides opportunity to reflect

(Fort McMurray, AB, November 11, 2013) – Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 165 held its annual Remembrance Day ceremony at the Suncor Community Leisure Centre on Monday morning.

Over one 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 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.

“Today we gather to honour the brave men and women in uniform who have sacrificed so much to give us the tremendous opportunities we enjoy today,” said Tim Reid, Chief Operating Officer at MacDonald Island Park. “The Remembrance Day ceremony is a chance for us to thank the veterans, who have always put our community and our country first, and to pause and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice, and those who have served and who continue to serve.”

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