Members of various organizations in town salute to honour the fallen at the cenotaph at Rotary Park on Remembrance Day. Though the weather was a bit chilly

Nakusp remembers its fallen

Crowds gathered at the cenotaph in Rotary Park to mark Remembrance Day in the village.

On a slightly chilly Nov. 11 morning, residents of Nakusp and surrounding areas came to the village to honour and remember those soldiers who paid the ultimate price while serving their country in times of war.

Starting things off was the service at the hall of the Royal Canadian Legion. So many people attended the ceremony some actually had to stand because all the seats were taken.

After the singing of “Oh Canada” and a welcome from past president Harvey Truax, prayers were said by Chaplain Dan Freeman, and the community choir sang “Thank You Soldiers.”

Sisters Maia and Zoe Zinselmeyer, along with Carmen Larder read their junior, intermediate, and senior essays of honour and remembrance.

Following the service, Legion members marched up Broadway Street for the ceremony at the cenotaph.

Some Legion members were unable to march to the park, so they waited with the rest of the crowd until they could join back up with their crew to lay the wreaths.

One of those laying a wreath was Cheryl Truax, the acting president of the Nakusp Royal Canadian Legion.

Truax was standing in for Steve Tays, the Legion’s current president.

This was the first time she had laid a wreath on behalf of the Legion, and while she was nervous, she was glad she was able to do it.

“I was honoured, because I love the poppy campaign, and the veterans are my world,” she said. “They’ve done a lot for me, so that’s what I do.”

Though Nakusp has a small population, many residents came out to the cenotaph for the ceremony, something not uncommon for the village. Though weather can affect the number of people who show up, Truax thinks the reason so many people come is to say thank you.

“They’ve given their lives for us, for peace, and what we’ve got today,” she said. “I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for them, that’s the way I look at it.”

 

Just Posted

Remembering a century at the Nakusp Cenotaph

Nakusp joined the rest of Canada in honouring 100 years since the end of the First World War

B.C. Legions in need of young members to continue aiding veterans into the future

Lest we forget what thousands of men and women did to fight for Canada’s freedoms – but without new membership, many Legion chapters face dwindling numbers

UPDATE: Police seek witnesses in Castlegar road rampage

Lake Country man faces 13 charges, including robbery, dangerous driving, flight from police, assault with a weapon, theft, and drug charges.

Conservation officer says farmers not doing enough after three grizzlies killed

Little uptake on incentive programs for fencing frustrates local conservation officer

Shorter hours announced for Nelway, Carson border crossings

The crossings will close at 8 p.m. beginning Nov. 26

VIDEO: Marvel Comics’ Stan Lee dies

Marvel co-creator was well-known for making cameo appearances in superhero movies

Feds dropped ball with WWI anniversary tributes: historians

Wrote one historian: ‘Other than the Vimy Ridge celebration … I think they have done a very bad job’

Sides ‘far apart’ in Canada Post talks despite mediation, says union

The lack of a breakthrough means rotating strikes will resume Tuesday

Feds’ appeal of solitary confinement decision in B.C. to be heard

Judge ruled in January that indefinite such confinement is unconstitutional, causes permanent harm

B.C. health care payroll tax approved, takes effect Jan. 1

Employers calculating cost, including property taxes increases

Nunavut urges new plan to deal with too many polar bears

Territory recommends a proposal that contradicts much of conventional scientific thinking

Shelter struggles: Landlord takes over rental unit whenever visiting B.C. town

Renter’s story highlights how hard it is to find accommodation in Revelstoke

Lack of public response threatens B.C. referendum credibility

Of the few who have voted, poll finds most rejected proportional representation

Tentative deal reached in NHL concussion lawsuit

More than 100 former players accused the league of failing to better prevent head trauma

Most Read