A ceremony on the Saskatchewan Legislature Struggle Memorial featured The Royal Regina Rifles and a 21 gun salute.
A legion-led occasion on the cenotaph at Victoria Park had a whole lot of attendees of all ages.
Reverend James Balfour says this 12 months’s ceremony held particular that means.
“One of many issues that made at this time’s ceremony a lot extra poignant was the presence of the entire members of the Canadian navy, the nurses which might be right here in Saskatchewan, serving to out within the midst of the pandemic,” Balfour stated.
“That goes again to that oath that you just take while you be part of the navy: serve Canada earlier than self,” he added.
Balfour is a retired lieutenant commander within the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve and stated the ceremony had a “great turnout.”
“It was heartening to see that this nonetheless issues and it means one thing to individuals,” Balfour stated.
“I take into consideration those who I do know once I was within the navy and into chaplaincy, I take into consideration those who I do know that got here again from Afghanistan and got here again and so they weren’t the identical those who left.”
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Balfour stated he additionally thinks about his grandfather and uncles who served and all of his compatriots that proceed to serve.
“Remembrance Day isn’t nearly remembering wars, it’s about remembering service and sacrifice and placing one thing earlier than your self-interest,” Balfour added.
On the ceremony, Balfour spoke about gratitude and later advised reporters it rings extra true these previous two years.
“I feel after these final 19 months, it’s simply very nice to have the ability to get along with different individuals, however (additionally) it’s essential to get collectively and bear in mind all of these those who work to get us again so far,” Balfour stated.
Navy League of Canada Vice-President Gordon Basaraba stated he’d additionally wish to see individuals bear in mind the sacrifices that had been made by others to achieve freedom.
Basaraba was additionally happy with Thursday’s turnout.
“I’m hoping we’re popping out of our pandemic and I’m hoping that is sort of step one to getting individuals again out and entering into the communities,” Basaraba stated.
“I’m glad to see, with the climate that we’ve had at this time, how many individuals truly did come out to Victoria Park for the service, it simply exhibits how resilient and the way robust the individuals of Regina are.”
Basaraba stated Remembrance Day for him is spent remembering the individuals he served with who had been so much older than him and now not alive.
“I had an uncle who was within the Korean Struggle and has handed away, and that is our day that we consider him and his sacrifice,” Basaraba added.
Basaraba stated he was glad to see all of the younger individuals who got here out.
“I feel it’s actually essential for our younger individuals to know the sacrifices that had been made.”
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