Capital communities take time to remember
Published Sunday, November 11, 2012 5:35PM EST
Last Updated Sunday, November 11, 2012 6:27PM EST
Just like many places around the country, the capital region’s many communities took time to remember the sacrifices of Canada’s veterans on Sunday.
Penny Greenfield was among the crowd at the National Military Cemetery in Ottawa, located inside the historic Beechwood Cemetery.
She said she proudly wears her Silver Memorial Cross, given to close family members of Canadian Forces who died on duty.
“We're here for our son, Sean Greenfield; he died Jan. 31, 2009,” she said. “It represents the sacrifice that he made over in Afghanistan, kind of gives me some solace, and I wear it proudly.”
“It's a chance for us to connect with our son, it’s also an opportunity for a lot of soldiers he served with and his friends are aware that this is where he is,” said Keith Greenfield.
The National Military Cemetery brings together those who died in active service, whose death was related to service and people who served who wished to be buried alongside their comrades.
“I couldn't imagine a more solemn place than this, with the resting places of people that I've known, served with or served under,” said Maj. Jake Galuga.
“It was really awesome to be here and honour all of the veterans who died in the war,” said cadet Stuart Gerus.
Across the city, veterans from west Ottawa’s Royal Canadian Legion Branch 480 marched in a parade to celebrate freedom.
“It’s very important to teach the youth . . . the sacrifices that were made by those who have gone before them,” said Christopher Moynahan, captain and commanding officer of a group of cadets.
All in all, there were at least 16 ceremonies within the cities of Ottawa and Gatineau alone.
With a report from CTV Ottawa’s Natalie Duddridge
Poppies rest on a grave at the National Military Cemetery in Beechwood Cemetery on Remembrance Day in Ottawa on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009. (Pawel Dwulit / THE CANADIAN PRESS)