Remembrance Day in Penticton appeared fairly a bit totally different once more this yr as a result of pandemic however that didn’t cease lots of of individuals from gathering at Veterans Memorial Park.
“We was once within the Penticton Commerce and Conference Centre and usually round 2,000 individuals 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 individuals from coming they usually crammed the entire space.”
For Michelle Jenkins, a bereaved mom, she says that attending the ceremony was particularly exhausting however does so in honour of her son.
“When he lastly informed me that he had signed up, I cried for hours. I attempted to persuade him to not do it however he informed me that that is what he was born to do.”
Jenkins has laid a wreath in reminiscence of her son annually since his passing.
“He was 31 years outdated and the military was simply his life. He handed away in January of 2016. He was based mostly in Maryland and was in Ottawa to begin with,” stated Jenkins.
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The ceremony was stored brief on account of restrictions and the climate, however didn’t draw back from necessary traditions.
A bugle participant performed “The Final Publish” and bagpipes echoed all through the park earlier than the laying of wreaths.
“I actually 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 wish to combat as a result of it’s raining and chilly. We’ve coats, we’re Canadian, we are able to stand out right here to recollect.”
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