Crowds braved a bitter wind to honour Canada’s fallen at All Sappers Memorial Park at Vedder Crossing on Tuesday – one of three Remembrance Day services held in Chilliwack Nov. 11.
Despite the cold, people arrived early for the annual event. Well before 10 a.m., the park at the corner of Keith Wilson and Vedder Road was already full.
A strong turnout was expected for this year’s service following the death of two soldiers in separate attacks last month in Ottawa and Quebec.
Security was visibly tighter, with armed police scanning the crowd for any potential problems.
However, the only trouble came from a temperamental sound system that chose to shut down halfway through the service.
The glitch didn’t stop the audience from showing its appreciation for the men and women taking part – a group that included past and serving members of Canada’s armed forces, along with RCMP, border service, cadets and emergency service personnel.