Remembrance Day parade returns to Fort St. John Sunday

Travis Fortnum

This Sunday is Remembrance Day. A day when people across the country take time to reflect on the sacrifices made by the brave men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces.

In Fort St. John, the Remembrance Day parade has gotten bigger every year. Dan Davies, MLA for Peace River North, has played an integral role in the ceremony each year. Although this year he will be in Fort Nelson, he's remained involved in the event, as well as poppy fundraising.

"We've got a really good turnout of volunteers that are travelling throughout the community selling poppies," says Davies. "The cadets have done a really successful job of selling poppies - over $22,000 have been raised through the poppy campaign, which in turn goes right back to the community and veterans."

Poppy boxes inside businesses will be collected after Remembrance Day, only allowing that number to grow.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, which spanned from 1914 to 1918 and saw the enlistment of over 600,000 Canadians.

Sunday's parade will begin at 10:00 a.m. on 102 Street. It starts North of 105 Avenue, and finishes just South about twenty minutes later. Even if you can't make it, there is still a way people can honour the veterans.

"I would request that doesn't matter where you are," Davies says. "If you can't make a service somewhere, that you do stop at 11:00, take a couple minutes to pause and reflect on the incredible sacrifices that were made for this incredible country that we live in today."

Following the parade, events at the legion will continue into the evening.

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