Cold Lake pauses to observe Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day 2017

Lt Kathryn Poudrier, left, and Legion Branch 211 President Todd Rorke place a wreath at the Remembrance Day ceremony.
Photo: Avr Caitlin Paterson, Wing Imaging

Jeff Gaye

Cold Lake and 4 Wing gathered together to remember Canada’s war dead and to honour her veterans on Saturday.

The annual ceremony was held in the Cold Lake Energy Centre. 4 Wing personnel, Royal Canadian Legion members and cadets were on parade. At the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, a bugler sounded The Last Post to signal the traditional two minutes of silence in honour of the fallen.

The armistice sending the First World War came into effect at 11:00 am on November 11, 1918. This year also marks the centennial of the bloody battle of Passchendaele, which ended November 10, 1917.

Addressing the parade, 4 Wing Commander Col Paul Doyle said he is proud “that we take the time each year to show respect for those Canadian men and women who answered our nation’s call.”

“Today we honour those who stepped forward for Canada. Those from all walks of life, those who showed courage, pride, determination, selflessness, dedication to duty, and integrity – all the qualities needed to serve a cause larger than oneself,” he said.

Col Doyle spoke of those who have served since World War II in Korea, the Cold War, in Africa and the Middle East and other regions. He honoured the Canadians who served in Afghanistan, including those killed or wounded in that war, and the 113 Canadian Armed Forces members who have been killed on United Nations peacekeeping operations.

“Because of their bravery and willingness to put service before self, they helped make our country what it is today,” he said.

Todd Rorke, President of Royal Canadian Legion Cold Lake Branch 211, said he appreciates the way Cold Lake turned out for the ceremony.

“It looked like an even bigger crowd than last year,” he said, “The cooperation between the Legion and 4 Wing has been growing stronger since we started doing the joint service three years ago. And the Legion was packed with people after the parade.”

“This shows me that the town is supporting us more and more over the years, which I’m very grateful for,” he said.