Residents Remember and Honour Veterans

Posted on Sunday, November 12, 2017 07:52 AM

Negative temperatures didn't stop people from paying their respects to veterans.

Stephanie Moore, a Logistics Captain in the Army, says ceremonies held across the country are important because it's about recognizing the sacrifices people in uniform make.

"And to appreciate the values we have, and the life that we have," she says.

"And often it's due to the sacrifices that people have made."

Moore isn't the only member of her family in uniform, though.

Her daughter was in the infantry reserves and her father is a veteran of Korea.

"So it's been in the family and it's something Iwanted to do and I enjoy the life - it's a hard life," she says.

"But it's a rewarding life."

Moore is recently back from deployment to the Ukraine.

She says being overseas made her see how lucky Canadians have it at home.

First Responders, club members and residents also braved the cold to pay their respects to Veterans.

Bridgewater's ceremony was held at the Veterans Memorial Park after marching down York Street.

The opening statements focused on veterans, but also Canada's history.

Friday marked the 100 year mark of Passchendaele, where more than 100,000 Canadian troops fought.

"With 16,000 casualties in 15 days, including more than 4,000 dead - 21 of them from our own South Shore," says the speaker.

2017 also marks 100 years since the end of the First World War, particularly Canada's largest involvement with Vimy Ridge (April 9, 1917 - April 12, 1917) and Passchendaele (July 31, 1917 - Nov. 10, 1917).

The two battles alone saw roughly 19,200 Canadian soldier deaths.