It will be standing room only with up to 2,000 people expected at the Remembrance Day ceremony at the cenotaph in Trail on Pine Avenue Friday.
The day begins with the massing of the honour guard and the rest of the 300-strong parade near the banks of the Columbia River at Eldorado Street.
Around 10:30 a.m. the parade begins — with the Colour Party, RCMP honour guard, the pipe band, veterans and cadets in tow — its journey towards the cenotaph, with a brief stop at the “saluting base” on Cedar Street where the mayors of Trail, Warfield and Montrose will be standing.
The parade arrives at the cenotaph at 10:40 a.m., with the ceremony beginning around 10:45 a.m. with the singing of O Canada, followed by a hymn, a prayer and an address by the minister. World War II veteran May Batch will then read the honour role names: 36 from WWI, 139 from WWII, one from the Korean War and two from the Vietnam War.
Last Post will then be played by Lorne De Paolis followed by two minutes of silence at 11 a.m. (with the siren sounding at the armouries). The Lament, Reveille (by De Paolis), the Act of Remembrance and the laying of the official wreaths leads up to the reciting of In Flanders Fields. In closing, the Benediction and the singing of God Save the Queen preclude the march off.
People will gather around 1 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 11 on Columbia Avenue for an afternoon of entertainment and stories.
Leading up to Remembrance Day the Legion hosted Colour Parties at various places around the city to raise awareness, and to allow those who might not be able to attend the Nov. 11 ceremony a chance to pay homage.
On a battlefield a regiment would use their colours as a rallying point, with their colours being slowly marched between soldiers’ ranks to enable them to identify their regiments’ colours.
Today, the Colour Party provides the ceremonial protocols at all Legion functions, Remembrance and Decoration Day services, and represents a branch at various other parades.
The day begins at 10:30 a.m. with the marching of the honour guard from the Royal Canadian Legion to the Cenotaph.
The ceremony follows at 10:45 a.m. with the prelude to the minute of silence delivered by pastor Kent Maddigan, followed by the recital of the poem In Flanders Fields, singing of God Save the Queen and closing remarks by current Mayor Libby Nelson.
In Rossland there will be a service held at the Royal Canadian Legion hall at 10 a.m., followed by a ceremony at the cenotaph at 11 a.m. next to the library. The activity shifts back to the Legion hall at 11:30 a.m. after the ceremony.