Several hundred people came out for the Remembrance Day ceremony at the Revelstoke Cenotaph Tuesday morning.
Crowds gathered around the Cenotaph before 11 a.m., as a parade of RCMP officers, legion members cadets and more were led by the Revelstoke Highland Pipers up First Street to the Cenotaph.
There, John Opra led the ceremony, introducing Sharon Shook, who sang O Canada. Reverend Ken Jones, the Legion chaplain, then delivered a short prayer.
“Today we remember all who went to war, who are working for peace, who do what need to be done to make this a safer world,”he said.
A moment of silence was followed by an address by Mayor David Raven, who reminded people the day was not just about remembering those served in the military and those that died in war, but also the men and women who serve as police officers, firefighters and first responders.
“I honour them all as I speak to today,” he said.
He mentioned Consts. David Ross, Fabrice Gevaudan and Douglas Larche, the three RCMP officers who were slain in Moncton earlier this year. He also paid tribute to Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, the soldier who was killed at the war memorial in Ottawa during the attack on Parliament a few weeks ago; and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, who was killed in a targeted hit and run only a few days earlier.
“It is the respect that we can provide to those that have protected the community, our prosperity and our blessings, and understand that after those tribulations, we as a country and we as a community will survive, we will thrive,” said Raven.
Raven also paid specific tribute to John Augustyn, a Second World War veteran who has called Revelstoke home for many decades. Augustyn is one of the few remaining WW2 veterans in Revelstoke.
Check out the gallery below for photos from the ceremony.