The gunfire echoed throughout the downtown as a pandemic-era Remembrance Day ceremony took place at the Cenotaph.
A few citizens ignored the request not to come to the Cenotaph and joined about a hundred other legion members, veterans and other dignitaries to honour those fallen for our freedom.
Mayor Christian Provenzano said he hasn’t missed a Remembrance Day since his early ’20s when he attended one in Nova Scotia.
“We have to come together and remember the sacrifices that were made so that we could have our freedom,” said Provenzano. “We also have to come together to preserve that memory so that it’s a memory for future generations to follow.”
The sorrowing sounds of last post and revile mixed with bagpipes and God Save the Queen gave a familiar feel to a less than familiar day. A flyover by Sault College Aviation instructors amid gusting winds and occasional snowflakes added to the ambience of reflection.
The armistice between Germany and the allies took effect today 102 years ago. It read in part.
“Hostilities will be stopped on the entire front beginning at 11 o’clock, November 11th (French hour). The Allied troops will not go beyond the line reached at that hour on that date until further orders.”
Wreaths were laid albeit fewer than normal and In Flanders Fields was read before the parade was dismissed.
There was no gathering this year at GFL Centre due to COVID restrictions.