At the Sechelt Remembrance Day Ceremony last year, one of our elderly veterans stumbled and fell as the parade turned to march off. This was due to the length of time the ceremony and wreath laying took. This year, the government, Legion, and personal wreaths in memory of personnel who died in service to the country, and veterans and Legion members who passed, were laid first. Then, to reduce the time our veterans remained stationary on parade, we made the decision to shorten the wreath laying by having local businesses, churches, youth, and service groups lay their wreaths in twos and threes, without being announced individually. We would like to recognize these organizations and have their generosity known. They are: the Sunshine Coast Lions Club, who also assisted with traffic control for the parade, the Rotary Club of the Sunshine Coast, the Sechelt Rotary Club, St Hilda’s Anglican Church, Elphinstone Masonic Lodge, the Knights of Columbus, the Catholic Women’s League, the Sechelt Hospital Foundation, the Sunshine Coast HealthCare Authority, Howe Sound Pulp & Paper, the BC Ferries Marine Workers Union, the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), and the Girl Guides of Canada (2nd Sechelt Guides).
We would like to thank all businesses, service organizations and citizens who contributed to this year’s Poppy Campaign. It is through your generosity that we can support our veterans and their families. Thanks too to all who came out for the Ceremony and/or attended the 50th and last Remembrance Day reception at our Wharf Ave location as we will be moving to our new building in 2024. It was certainly a fitting “last.”