The annual Remembrance Day ceremony at the Kitimat Cenotaph attracted a larger crowd in the cold this November 11, probably because there are now more people in town. Another addition were participants from Kitimat’s new army cadet corps. Above Legion Member Merle Archer salutes after reading “In Flanders Fields” during the Remembrance Day Ceremony at the Kitimat Cenotaph.
An army cadet was a member of the Guard of Honour. (Robin Rowland)
A member of the Canadian Rangers was also among the Guard of Honour. (Robin Rowland)
The Colour Party at the Cenotaph during the Kitimat Remembrance Day ceremonies. (Robin Rowland)
An eagle flies over the Kitimat Cenotaph during the two minutes of silence, a fitting substitute for the air force missing man flight. (Robin Rowland)
A few minutes later, a flock of wild geese also flew over the Remembrance Day ceremony. (Robin Rowland)
Kitimat mayor Joanne Monaghan lays a wreath during the Remembrance Day ceremony. (Robin Rowland)
Kitimat continued its tradition of having children lay wreathes on behalf of those who are unable to attend the ceremony.
A boy prepares to lay a wreath. (Robin Rowland)
Cubs lay wreathes at the Cenotaph. (Robin Rowland)
A cub lays a wreath at the Kitimat cenotaph. (Robin Rowland)
A girl lays a wreath at the Cenotaph. (Robin Rowland)
A new tradition began in Kitimat began this year, when people adopted the practice which began at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Ottawa of leaving poppies on the cenotaph.
Men leave their poppies on the Kitimat cenotaph after the Remembrance Day ceremony. (Robin Rowland)
The poppies left on the cenotaph. (Robin Rowland)
A trumpeter swan feeds in the Kitimat River Oxbow, during the world wide annual Christmas bird count, Dec. 17, 2011. The reddish neck comes as the white feathers are stained by high levels of iron oxides in this part of the river as the swan dips into the river to feed.
A view of the Kitimat river estuary on the day of the annual Christmas bird count, Saturday Dec. 17, 2011. It had started snowing on Thursday. By noon Friday, that had changed to freezing rain which continued over night. At midafternoon Saturday,the rain had stopped but it was still a gloomy day.
A crow flies over Kitimat harbour.
A heron in flight over the Kitimat River estuary.
A tundra swan, among the reeds of the Kitimat River estuary.
Another view of the tundra swan in the Kitimat River estuary.
A juvenile bald eagle perches over one of the ponds in the estuary, looking for a meal.
A pair of mallard ducks fly over the Kitimat River estuary.
Trumpeter swans, seagulls. Canada geese and ducks live in the estuary.
The sun sets over the mountains and the estuary.
Look closely and you will see a pair of bald eagles on the transmission tower.
(Update Dec. 18, 2011 1730. The identity of the second swan has been corrected after local experts reviewed my pictures and my guide’s notes)