Ladysmith residents gathered for a short Remembrance Day ceremony on Nov.11. The colour party marched down First Ave, from the Legion to the cenotaph, where it was greeted by a crowd to mark the day.
“This year we mark the 100th anniversary of the poppy,” said Ladysmith Legion president Darlene Paulson “It is both a symbol of hope and peace, and a peaceful future. We as Canadians are fortunate to have a tendency for peace and have done so at a great cost.”
She thanked the community for coming together to pay tribute.
“I wish to thank our Royal Canadian Legion Branch 171,” said Mayor Aaron Stone. “I am so thankful to our Legion members in Ladysmith and all across Canada, supporting our veterans, keeping this important history alive.”
He asked residents t0 take time and make effort to support local Legions and veterans, not only on Remembrance Day.
“Today we pay our respects to the names on our cenotaph and the sacrifice of their families, many who still live in Ladysmith and many who are here today.”
The service also included a healing prayer from Stz’uminus First Nation member Buffy David.