PHOTOS AND VIDEO: Smithers remembers

A small girl and her father approach the cenotaph at Veteran’s Peace Park to lay a handmade wreath at the cenotaph following the Remembrance Day ceremony Nov. 11. (Deb Meissner photo)A small girl and her father approach the cenotaph at Veteran’s Peace Park to lay a handmade wreath at the cenotaph following the Remembrance Day ceremony Nov. 11. (Deb Meissner photo)
The colour guard marches in the flags at the Remembrance Day ceremony Nov. 11. (Deb Meissner photo)The colour guard marches in the flags at the Remembrance Day ceremony Nov. 11. (Deb Meissner photo)
Cenotaph with field of wreaths at Smithers Remembrance Day ceremony Nov. 11. (Deb Meissner photo)Cenotaph with field of wreaths at Smithers Remembrance Day ceremony Nov. 11. (Deb Meissner photo)
Fiona Milne emcees the Smithers Remembrance Day ceremony Nov. 11. (Deb Meissner photo)Fiona Milne emcees the Smithers Remembrance Day ceremony Nov. 11. (Deb Meissner photo)
Groups of observers at the Smithers Remembrance Day ceremony Nov. 11. (Deb Meissner photo)Groups of observers at the Smithers Remembrance Day ceremony Nov. 11. (Deb Meissner photo)
A small girl and her father lay a handmade wreath at the cenotaph following the Remembrance Day ceremony Nov. 11. (Deb Meissner photo)A small girl and her father lay a handmade wreath at the cenotaph following the Remembrance Day ceremony Nov. 11. (Deb Meissner photo)
A handmade wreath by a small girl laid at the cenotaph following the Smithers Remembrance Day ceremony Nov. 11. (Deb Meissner photo)A handmade wreath by a small girl laid at the cenotaph following the Smithers Remembrance Day ceremony Nov. 11. (Deb Meissner photo)
Groups of observers at the Smithers Remembrance Day ceremony Nov. 11. (Deb Meissner photo)Groups of observers at the Smithers Remembrance Day ceremony Nov. 11. (Deb Meissner photo)
Representatives of the RCMP at the Remembrance Day ceremony Nov. 11. (Deb Meissner photo)Representatives of the RCMP at the Remembrance Day ceremony Nov. 11. (Deb Meissner photo)
A painted rock on the cenotaph at Veterans Peace Park. (Deb Meissner photo)A painted rock on the cenotaph at Veterans Peace Park. (Deb Meissner photo)
The colour guard at the Remembrance Day ceremony Nov. 11. (Deb Meissner photo)The colour guard at the Remembrance Day ceremony Nov. 11. (Deb Meissner photo)
Bagpiper at the Remembrance Day ceremony Nov. 11. (Deb Meissner photo)Bagpiper at the Remembrance Day ceremony Nov. 11. (Deb Meissner photo)
Playing The Last Post at the Remembrance Day ceremony Nov. 11. (Deb Meissner photo)Playing The Last Post at the Remembrance Day ceremony Nov. 11. (Deb Meissner photo)
Capt. (ret’d) The Rev’d C. Douglas Campbell at the Remembrance Day ceremony Nov. 11. (Deb Meissner photo)Capt. (ret’d) The Rev’d C. Douglas Campbell at the Remembrance Day ceremony Nov. 11. (Deb Meissner photo)
Colour guard at the Remembrance Day ceremony Nov. 11. (Deb Meissner photo)Colour guard at the Remembrance Day ceremony Nov. 11. (Deb Meissner photo)
Field of wreaths at the Remembrance Day ceremony Nov. 11. (Deb Meissner photo)Field of wreaths at the Remembrance Day ceremony Nov. 11. (Deb Meissner photo)
Wreath for the unknown soldiers at the Remembrance Day ceremony Nov. 11. (Deb Meissner photo)Wreath for the unknown soldiers at the Remembrance Day ceremony Nov. 11. (Deb Meissner photo)
Veterans Peace Park. (Deb Meissner photo)Veterans Peace Park. (Deb Meissner photo)

This year, on the 75th anniversary marking the end of the Second World War, it was especially moving to see parents with young children walk quietly to the cenotaph, bend down and talk with their children about what they were seeing.

One little girl left her own homemade wreath of poppies, with her dad. One small young boy with his parents, after walking around the wreaths and talking to his parents, turned and saluted, as he had seen others do. The veterans and the children were the indelible lasting images of Remembrance Day 2020.

Capt. (ret’d) The Rev’d C. Douglas Campbell, Legion padre, gave a moving address.

READ MORE: Remembrance Day address to the town of Smithers

Prior to the ceremony, wreaths were laid.

The Legion encouraged others who wanted to place memorial wreaths at the cenotaph to do so between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m., after the livestream was concluded to ensure social distancing.



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