Close to 200 people gathered by the war memorial in Holyrood Sunday morning, Nov. 11 to honour those who served in combat missions for the community’s annual Remembrance Day ceremony.
The 2018 event coincides with the 100th anniversary of the signing of the armistice, which formally ended the First World War. Royal Canadian Legion Branch 64 Holyrood vice-president Ed Smith said every Remembrance Day is important to him, whether or not there’s a significant historical milestone attached to it.
“I think every Remembrance Day is special,” said Smith, who served in the Canadian military for 22 years. “It holds a special meaning in your heart when you stand there and know that you’re carrying on a tradition of remembering the people that have sacrificed. It’s a very meaningful thing for me.”
Sunday’s ceremony featured faces young and old, and that pleased people like Charles Phillips Jr. of Conception Harbour. His father, Charles Phillips Sr., spent six years with the Royal Navy and served in the Second World War. The younger Charles Phillips is a veteran himself, having served with the Canadian Air Force for 25 years.
“It’s lovely to see all the young people putting up with these elements,” he said, standing amidst a heavy cool wind that persisted throughout Sunday’s ceremony. “I feel for them, but it’s good to see that young people still remember.”
“It’s nice to see the young ones going up and laying wreaths. It’s nice to know when we’re gone that it will actually carry on.