Thousands of people gathered at the Kanata Cenotaph on Sunday, Nov. 11, to pay tribute on Remembrance Day.
The crowds lined all sides of Colchester Square in Village Green, watching as the members in the parade marched in step to the beat of the drums before lining up in front of the Cenotaph.
“I’m glad to see the numbers just from the Kanata area here. It’s certainly a good crowd,” said Ralph Boone, 86.
The Katimavik man was in his teens during the Second World War and was in the process of completing officer training when the war ended. A lieutenant in the army cadet corps, Boone was charged with looking after 900 Grade 9 cadets.
On Sunday, Boone laid a wreath at the base of the cenotaph on behalf of the Kanata Seniors Council.
“The main thing is to keep remembering,” he said. “We certainly lost a lot of people during the wars. It’s a good idea to keep remembering those people who did die on our behalf.”
The Audet family observed the ceremony in memory of their grandfather.
“Our grandfather was in World War II,” said 11-year-old Emili Audet, an Orléans resident who attends St. George Catholic School. “It’s a special day for us.”
Her grandfather survived the war and would sometimes tell the grandchildren stories, said Alexy Audet, 14, but has passed on.
“We like to give thanks,” said Alexy, a Holy Trinity Catholic High School student.
Capt. Donald Warner of the Signal Squadron attended the ceremony with his wife Sandra, daughter Emma, 7, and son Jonah, 4.
Remembrance Day is “a tradition and (shows) respect for all the people and all the groups that have made a sacrifice for freedom,” said Donald.
The Beaverbrook family attends the ceremony “to show our support; that we’re aware of the sacrifices and that our children are aware of the sacrifices,” said Sandra.
The Kanata branch of the Royal Canadian Legion organized the parade, which included active and retired military personnel, cadets, Girl Guides and Scouts.
A number of wreaths were laid at the cenotaph from various groups, schools, organizations and individuals.
Neil Minshall sang O Canada and God Save the Queen, Andy Turcotte played the Last Post and Reveille, while The Lament was played by the Highland Mist Pipe Band. Comrade Suizanne St. Jean and Comrade George Medynsky read The Act of Remembrance, while Reverend Lt. (N) L. Dowditch provided the prayers, blessing and benediction.