The rain held off as thousands of people gathered in Chilliwack on Saturday to pay respect to those who fought and died for Canada.
Veterans, legion members, dignitaries and the public were at three locations for Chilliwack’s Remembrance Day ceremonies: Veterans’ Memorial Park, All Sappers’ Memorial Park, and Coqualeetza Longhouse.
Earlier that morning and through the night, it was rainy and windy, but the rain stopped just in time for the Nov. 11 ceremonies.
At Veterans’ Memorial Park, this year marked the 100th anniversary of the unveiling of the downtown cenotaph. According to Chilliwack History Perspectives, the monument was unveiled on April 9, 1923.
“After several short speeches, the Union Jack flags that had been draped over the cenotaph were dropped to reveal the community’s new monument, with the names of the 100 fallen soldiers from Chilliwack that had been carved in the solid granite seeing the light of day for the first time,” reads a social media post by Chilliwack History Perspectives.