Despite the snow and cold weather, Terrace’s Remembrance Day parade brought out an impressive crowd Monday afternoon as veterans, the Terrace Pipes and Drums band, and Legion members marched through the downtown core.
The parade gathered at 10:15 a.m. on Nov. 11 outside of the Safeway parking lot before marching to the Tillicum Twin Theatres for a service at 11 a.m. Afterwards, the procession rejoined outside to march down Lakelse Avenue to the city’s cenotaph, where wreaths were laid honouring veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Citizens with poppies pinned to their jackets lined the parade route to applaud veterans and serving members. Even though the weather brought some challenges to organizers this year, everyone stepped up to make sure the ceremony was a success.
Second World War veteran June Menzies sat underneath a canopy next to the procession, and people were quick to offer her blankets and gloves to keep the 92-year old warm. When wreaths were knocked over by the wind, there was always someone there to put them back up. One air cadet dutifully stepped in to replace another who struggled with the negative degree temperatures close to the end of the ceremony.
Afterward, a large crowd gathered at the Terrace Legion Branch 13 building for refreshments and conversation. The Happy Gang Centre also had air cadets and members of the Scouting and Guiding movement provide hot dogs and other foods.
The night before on Nov. 10, a local veterans group called No Stone Left Alone had placed electric candlelights around the cenotaph with a ceremony. Eighty candles were lit at the Kitsumgallum and municipal cemeteries where many veterans are buried in honour of their memory.
To see more photos of the No Stone Left Alone event on Nov. 10 and the parade on Nov. 11, visit www.terracestandard.com.