Clearwater honours veterans on Remembrance Day

Veterans, as well as past and present members of the RCMP salute the flags at the Remembrance Day ceremony at the cenotaph in Reginald Small Park in Clearwater. (Stephanie Hagenaars/Clearwater Times)Veterans, as well as past and present members of the RCMP salute the flags at the Remembrance Day ceremony at the cenotaph in Reginald Small Park in Clearwater. (Stephanie Hagenaars/Clearwater Times)
Musicians Calvin Lutz, left, Harry James and Dan Daase play O’ Canada to start off the Remembrance Day ceremony at the Clearwater cenotaph. (Stephanie Hagenaars/Clearwater Times)Musicians Calvin Lutz, left, Harry James and Dan Daase play O’ Canada to start off the Remembrance Day ceremony at the Clearwater cenotaph. (Stephanie Hagenaars/Clearwater Times)
Cpl. Duncan McGeorge lowers the flag to half mast on Nov. 11, which was followed by a moment of silence. (Stephanie Hagenaars/Clearwater Times)Cpl. Duncan McGeorge lowers the flag to half mast on Nov. 11, which was followed by a moment of silence. (Stephanie Hagenaars/Clearwater Times)
Sgt. (Ret) Randy Hedlund spoke during Remembrance Day ceremony and called out the names of the fallen comrades in the past year in the RCMP, military and Legion members. (Stephanie Hagenaars/Clearwater Times)Sgt. (Ret) Randy Hedlund spoke during Remembrance Day ceremony and called out the names of the fallen comrades in the past year in the RCMP, military and Legion members. (Stephanie Hagenaars/Clearwater Times)
A small group gathered along the sidewalk just before the Clearwater River bridge to watch the Remembrance Day ceremonies. (Stephanie Hagenaars/Clearwater Times)A small group gathered along the sidewalk just before the Clearwater River bridge to watch the Remembrance Day ceremonies. (Stephanie Hagenaars/Clearwater Times)
Savannah Dee reads the poem In Flanders Fields. (Stephanie Hagenaars/Clearwater Times)Savannah Dee reads the poem In Flanders Fields. (Stephanie Hagenaars/Clearwater Times)
Charlotte Cederholm, president of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 259, was the master of ceremonies. She also read a statement from Premier John Horgan. (Stephanie Hagenaars/Clearwater Times)Charlotte Cederholm, president of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 259, was the master of ceremonies. She also read a statement from Premier John Horgan. (Stephanie Hagenaars/Clearwater Times)
Sgt. Grant Simpson, Clearwater RCMP detachment commander, read the Prime Minister’s message during the Remembrance Day ceremonies on Nov. 11. (Stephanie Hagenaars/Clearwater Times)Sgt. Grant Simpson, Clearwater RCMP detachment commander, read the Prime Minister’s message during the Remembrance Day ceremonies on Nov. 11. (Stephanie Hagenaars/Clearwater Times)
Veterans and members of local RCMP stand in front of the flags. From l-r: Dennis Freeston (UN Blue Beret)
The cenotaph in Clearwater was surrounded by wreaths purchased by government entities, non-profit organizations and local businesses. (Stephanie Hagenaars/Clearwater Times)The cenotaph in Clearwater was surrounded by wreaths purchased by government entities, non-profit organizations and local businesses. (Stephanie Hagenaars/Clearwater Times)
Legion member Murray Doull, left, helps to present an award to Robert Freeston, who was awarded life membership for outstanding service to the Royal Canadian Legion. (Stephanie Hagenaars/Clearwater Times)Legion member Murray Doull, left, helps to present an award to Robert Freeston, who was awarded life membership for outstanding service to the Royal Canadian Legion. (Stephanie Hagenaars/Clearwater Times)
Robert Freeston, left, is congratulated by Harry James after receiving the life membership to the Royal Canadian Legion for outstanding service. (Stephanie Hagenaars/Clearwater Times)Robert Freeston, left, is congratulated by Harry James after receiving the life membership to the Royal Canadian Legion for outstanding service. (Stephanie Hagenaars/Clearwater Times)
Andy Veitch paid his respects to those lost at war. He is currently working in the area for wildfire mitigation. (Stephanie Hagenaars/Clearwater Times)Andy Veitch paid his respects to those lost at war. He is currently working in the area for wildfire mitigation. (Stephanie Hagenaars/Clearwater Times)
Staff Sgt. (Ret) Mike Savage, Const. Jay Meyer and Sgt. Grant Simpson were part of the Remembrance Day ceremonies. (Stephanie Hagenaars/Clearwater Times)Staff Sgt. (Ret) Mike Savage, Const. Jay Meyer and Sgt. Grant Simpson were part of the Remembrance Day ceremonies. (Stephanie Hagenaars/Clearwater Times)
Sgt. (Ret) Randy Hedlund salutes the flags during the Remembrance Day ceremony at Reginald Small Park in Clearwater. (Stephanie Hagenaars/Clearwater Times)Sgt. (Ret) Randy Hedlund salutes the flags during the Remembrance Day ceremony at Reginald Small Park in Clearwater. (Stephanie Hagenaars/Clearwater Times)

Clearwater residents and visitors took part in reflection Thursday, in honour and memory of military personnel who have served, are serving or died while protecting the right and freedoms enjoyed by Canadians.

The Remembrance Day ceremony was held in Reginald Small Park. The event was not open to the public and was live-streamed for those at home to watch through the District of Clearwater’s Facebook page, though a small group of people did quietly watch from the sidewalk.

The decision to close the event was made by the local Legion to protect its members, veterans and the vulnerable from COVID-19. Mayor and council respected the Legion’s decision and watched from their homes, according to the DOC website.

Former Canadian paratrooper Sgt. Randy Hedlund was parade marshal and called out the names of fallen comrades in the past year from RCMP, military and Legion. Charlotte Cederholm, Branch 259 president, was master of ceremonies and noted the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 259 “would like to thank all of those who assisted with the set-up of the event, those working behind hte scenes and the Clearwater RCMP detachment who acted as guards at the cenotaph and were responsible for the masting of the flags.”



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