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A man paid his respects after the short Remembrance Day ceremony at Whonnock Lake on Wednesday. - Eric Zimmer/TIMES
A man paid his respects after the short Remembrance Day ceremony at Whonnock Lake on Wednesday.
— image credit: Eric Zimmer/TIMES

by Eric Zimmer

When he was young, it was customary in Tom Brent’s household to watch the Remembrance Day ceremonies in Ottawa, on TV.

“It was a solemn time,” he said. “World War II was still fresh in the minds of my parents and grandparents.”

Brent was the emcee of the annual small, but ever-growing annual Remembrance Day ceremony that was held at Whonnock Lake again this year.

And he has a personal connection to the war.

“My father served in the army, my aunt had risen to the rank of major in the Canadian women’s army core, and my father worked at the Burrard shipyards in North Vancouver, building the ships that would run the gauntlet in the battle of the Atlantic,” he explained.

And at 11 a.m. he and the others who had gathered for the service bowed their head in silent remembrance and thanks for all those who had served and continue to serve their country today.

“It’s a nice little service,” Whonnockian Mary Blackstock said of the ceremony. “We’ve come the last three years in a row and it’s amazing how many people have gathered here.”

Two wreaths were laid by the Baumgartner family, and another was laid by members of the Ridge Canoe and Kayak Club during the ceremony.

For more photos from the Whonnock service, visit: facebook.com/mapleridgepittmeadowstimes.

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