Friday, November 9, 2012

Canadian Forces Personnel support local Remembrance Day ceremonies

ESQUIMALT, B.C. – Thousands of sailors, soldiers, airmen, airwomen, and cadets will support numerous Remembrance Day ceremonies on and around Vancouver Island this year, with the largest contingent supporting the City of Victoria ceremonies. Military personnel will either be officially in parade formations, laying wreaths, providing musical services or attending individually. Cenotaphs in Esquimalt, West Shore, Sidney, Saanich, Cobble Hill, Lantzville, Oak Bay, Victoria and Sooke, as well as Veteran’s Cemetery God’s Acre will have notable military presence.

Further, Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships Brandon and Yellowknife will make a port of call in Prince Rupert, B.C. and participate in local ceremonies, while approximately 80 crew members from Patrol Craft training Vessels Raven, Moose, Grizzly, and Cougar will attend ceremonies in Ganges Harbour on Salt Spring Island.

“As serving military members, it is very important that we demonstrate to the community and all our veteran’s that this day still remains one of the most important ones for us,” said Rear-Admiral Bill Truelove, Commander of Maritime Forces Pacific (MARPAC). “We are mindful of the tremendous sacrifices of our veterans and their families, and remember those service members that are serving Canada on missions around the globe today.”

Every year on November 11, Canadians pause in a silent moment of remembrance for the men and women who have served and continue to serve our country during times of war, conflict, and peace. This Remembrance Day, more than 500 personnel from MARPAC find themselves away from home on international deployments, either capacity-building in countries such as Afghanistan and Sierra Leone, or working with multinational governments for international security operations in the Arabian and Caribbean Seas. Their families and fellow service members have them in their hearts this Remembrance Day and wish for their safe return.

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