A flock of Canada Geese fly over my backyard. (Robin Rowland)
Members of the Haisla Nation and people of Kitimat braved an Environment Canada storm warning with heavy rain and wind on September 30, 2021 to mark The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
Haisla elder Marilyn Furlan opened the proceedings with a prayer. (Robin Rowland)
Most participants wore orange to mark the other name, Orange Shirt Day. It marks the time an indigenous girl had an orange shirt taken away in a residential school. (Robin Rowland)
Marking Truth and Reconciliation in a rain storm. (Robin Rowland)
Sunny Stewart-Pollard helped organize the reconciliation event hosted by volunteers from the Haisla Nation and members of the Kitimat community. (Robin Rowland)
Barb Campbell watches the event. (Robin Rowland)
The tables with decorations and gifts represent all the holidays that children in residential schools missed. (Robin Rowland)
A boy waves a Truth and Reconciliation flag. (Robin Rowland)
Watching in the rain. Kitimat Counsellor Terry Marleau (second from right) and Mayor Phil Germuth (far right) (Robin Rowland)
Shelley Irene Bolton drums as she leads the Haisla Braid drummers and dancers. (Robin Rowland)
The sun did come out briefly for the Haisla Braid dancers and drummers. (Robin Rowland)
Three flocks of geese flew over the ceremony, the first and largest flock are snow geese, followed by a small group of Canada geese and then more snow geese.(Robin Rowland)
Geese fly over the ceremony. (Robin Rowland)
Musician and artist Arthur Renwick closed off the event with his own songs. (Robin Rowland)
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A bouquet of carnations with two maple leaf flags honouring Cpl. Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent was left on the Kitimat Cenotaph prior to Tuesday’s Remembrance Day ceremony. (Robin Rowland)
In Kitimat, as happened across the country on November 11. 2014, there was a larger turnout than usual at the Remembrance Day service, as people reflected on the recent events, the deaths of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, as well as the fact that Canadian Forces are in action against the Islamic State in Iraq.
A veteran waits quietly for the ceremony to begin. (Robin Rowland)
As in previous years, the fly past over the cenotaph came from the wild, migrating geese.
A cub leader and her troop were part of the parade to the cenotaph. (Robin Rowland)
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Girl Guides at the cenotaph with Canadian Rangers and Army cadets in the rear ranks. (Robin Rowland)
Generations of Girl Guides at the cenotaph in Kitimat (Robin Rowland)
The Guard of Honour–a Canadian Ranger. (Robin Rowland)
The Guard of Honour–an army cadet. (Robin Rowland)
The Guard of Honour–a Mountie (Robin Rowland)
Members of the Royal Canadian Legion lowered flags during the two minutes of silence. (Robin Rowland)
One of the veterans at the Remembrance Day ceremony (Robin Rowland)
The spectators at the Remembrance Day Ceremony. (Robin Rowland)
RCMP Corporal Chris Manseau lays a wreath as the Royal Canadian Legion’s wreath party watch. (Robin Rowland)
A new tradition…
For the past several years, there’s been a tradition that began at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Ottawa, people leave their poppies at the cenotaph. Here in Kitimat, people are now pinning their poppies to the wreathes that were laid at the cenotaph a few minutes earlier. (Robin Rowland)
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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)
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