Nakusp Remembers

Members of the community came together to remember those who fought for our country in times of war

Members of the community came together to pay their respects for Canadian soldiers at the Remembrance Day ceremony at theNakusp Royal Canadian Legion.

The ceremony started with colour guard marching to the front of stage.

“This year being the 100th anniversary of Flanders Fields, we found it appropriate that we should say that poem.” said HarveyTruax, president of the Nakusp branch of the Royal Canadian Legion.

The poem was written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae in 1915.

As Truax read the poem, members of the audience joined in.

Following the reading of the poem, prayers were said by Chaplain Guy Duchaine and the community choir sang “RememberFlanders Fields.”

Maia Zinselmeyer read her essay about WWI, and her sister Zoe read her poem and essay about war and its aftermath.

At the end of the service, Truax read the roll call of local men who lost their lives in WWI and WWII, along with the two men whodied in training exercises.

After the closing ceremony, people made their way down to the cenotaph for the outdoor service.

Though the rain came pouring down, a good number of people attended. Once the colour guard arrived at the cenotaph,Chaplain Guy Duchaine said a prayer to begin the ceremony.

During the wreath laying, various members of the community came up to lay a wreath, including Constable Chris Carruthers ofthe RCMP, mayor Karen Hamling, and MLA Katrine Conroy.

After the wreath laying, Pastor Dan Friedman said a prayer on behalf of the military and those who fight for our country onefor lost loved ones and families, and one for our leaders of government.

Harvey Truax thanked the crowd for coming out, despite the miserable weather.

“It’s not great,” he said. “I’m sure it was a lot worse when those fellows and many more lost their lives.”

As the colour party led the way back to the Legion, the veterans marching were applauded by the crowd as they went by.