Members of the public pin poppies on wreaths and crosses at the Agassiz Cenotaph on Remembrance Day in 2011.

Vets to be honoured at Agassiz cenotaph

Rain won't keep community from remembering the fallen

Every year, it seems the entire town comes out to honour the veterans for Remembrance Day in Agassiz.

And even in last year’s heavy rain, the crowds showed up in large numbers.

“It blew me away, all the people who came out that day,” said Jim Johnson, past president for the Agassiz Branch 32 Legion.

And rain or shine, the public can expect similar ceremonies this year.

The event will start at the Agassiz elementary secondary school gymnasium. And while there won’t be a choir this year, there will be the band, he said.

When the program is finished at the gymnasium, a colour parade will march to the Agassiz cenotaph, across the street from the A&W. The program at the cenotaph, including the laying of the wreaths, will begin at 11 a.m.

Following that, the public is invited to go to the Legion for an open house. For that day only, children are allowed into the Legion’s lounge, where they can see memorabilia up close.

“Kids have only been allowed in there for the last two years, on that day only,” Johnson explained.

He has taken the memorabilia into local schools in the past as a way to connect with students.

There is a new youth auxiliary Legion starting up in Agassiz, as well. It is the second one in Canada, and an information session was held this Thursday (after deadline) at the Legion.




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