THUNDER BAY – Remembrance Day honoured veterans from all wars in Thunder Bay. From the services at Waverly Park, to Fort William Gardens, to Mount McKay on Fort William First Nation, those who have defended our country and our freedoms were honoured and respected.
At Fort William Gardens, 15 veterans from World War Two and Korea were saluted with a standing ovation from a very large crowd.
At Waverly Park, services were well attended.
While there are fewer and fewer veterans each year – the warmth, the crowds and the respect of those crowds continues to grow.
Remembrance Day Services 2014 – Fort William Gardens
“Canada’s servicemen and servicewomen sacrifice their health, their futures and their lives for a greater good and to preserve our way of life. As Premier and as an Ontarian, I am deeply grateful for the bravery and the fortitude of these individuals. Today, as we remember and glorify the memory of all who have served, I thank every one of the men and women who wears a uniform,” said Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario speaking in Toronto.
The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, and Brigadier-General Lowell Thomas, Commander, 4th Canadian Division, joined the Premier to observe two minutes of silence and lay commemorative wreaths. Veterans and their families, members of the Canadian Forces, cadets and the public also paid their respects.
The ceremony included a 21-gun salute, a recitation of In Flanders Fields and a reading by Poet Laureate of Toronto, Dr. George Elliott Clarke. Students from St. Joseph’s College School sang O Canada.