Photo gallery: Revelstoke gathers for Remembrance Day 2021

Photos: Revelstoke gathers for Remembrance Day 2021.

The ceremony drew fewer than at pre-pandemic ceremonies, but not by a lot. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine

Revelstoke gathered at the Revelstoke Cenotaph for the Remembrance Day ceremony on Nov. 11, 2021.

The 2021 gathering was a bit smaller than usual due to the pandemic, and the parade from Mackenzie Avenue to the Cenotaph was suspended.

The ceremony, organized by Royal Canadian Legion Branch 46, featured participation from the Revelstoke Community Band, the Revelstoke Highlanders pipe band, Revelstoke cadets, the Rocky Mountain Rangers Revelstoke cadets, the Revelstoke Girl Guides and the Revelstoke Grizzlies were among groups participating.

Legion past president John Opra shared the mission of the local organization. “I am here to tell you that the Legion is a very important cog in remembrance,” Opra said. “It is one of the major objectives of the Royal Canadian Legion is to remember and honour the veterans of the past. It is our mission to serve all veterans and to make sure Canada never forgets.”

Mayor Gary Sulz gave a speech on behalf of the city. “This year like last, our ability to honour our veterans in large public gatherings is somewhat muted due to the ongoing worldwide health crisis because of COVID-19,” Sulz said. “Our ability to honour our veterans, their sacrifices for peace and freedom is still prevalent despite restrictions, and honour them we will.”