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Saturday, December 4, 2021

Hundreds of people attend a Remembrance Day event in Penticton

Due to the pandemic, Remembrance Day in Penticton looked a little different this year, but that didn’t stop hundreds of people from assembling at Veterans Memorial Park.

“We used to hold our events at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre, and roughly 2,000 people would usually attend.” But we couldn’t be inside due to COVID,” said Bob Sudbury, chair of the Penticton Legion Branch 40 Poppy Campaign.

“This year, we followed COVID regulation and set aside a taped-off section for VIPs only.” Unfortunately, we couldn’t stop people from arriving because we were in a public park, and they completely packed the space.”

Michelle Jenkins, a widowed mother, says that attending the ceremony was particularly difficult for her, but she did it in memory of her son.

“I grieved for hours when he eventually told me he had signed up.” I make affort to convince him not to do it, but he insisted that it was his destiny.”

Since her son’s death, Jenkins has placed a wreath in his honour every year.

“He was thirty-one years old, and the army was his entire existence. In January of 2016, he passed away. Jenkins stated, “He was based in Maryland and was in Ottawa, to begin with.”

Due to time constraints and the weather, the ceremony was kept brief, but it did not skimp on crucial traditions.

Before the wreaths were laid, a bugler performed “The Last Post,” and bagpipes echoed around the area.

“I appreciate having the ceremony at a cenotaph like this one because it’s the real thing,” Sudbury remarked.

“Soldiers never stated they didn’t want to fight because it was rainy and freezing outside. We have coats, we are Canadians, and that we can stand out here to memorize.”

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