The Cenotaph ceremony and military parade will take place this morning (sunday) to start Veterans Week.
The march will begin at the Royal Canadian Legion and work its way to Victoria Park for the ceremony at the south side of the cenotaph.
Trent Nichols, Lieutenant Commander of HMCS Queen, says the cenotaph has special meaning for war veterans.
“The Cenotaph’s all across the country are visible reminders about the people who don’t come home,” Nichols says. “We didn’t bring our war dead home during the first and second world wars. For the most part, they were buried on the battlefield where they lay. So if you go to Europe today, you will come across many commonwealth war graves.”
Nichols, Lieutenant Commander of HMCS Queen, says it means a lot to veterans when people remember.
“When we see someone saying thank you, just as a ‘thank you for your service,’ it means a lot. (When we) see people wearing a poppy, we know that they know, or that they want to know. It’s not just a hollow effect for us when we see the poppy on people’s shirts.”
The cenotaph service used to be part of the Legion`s Remembrance day service, but instead the Legion will join the military service at the Brandt Centre on November 11th.