Revelstoke readies for Remembrance Day

Annual ceremony involves many different community groups.

Revelstoke Rocky Mountain Ranger Cadets MCPL Anakin Walker and WO Solomon Moorehead volunteer their time to the Legion Poppy Campaign.

For many, Remembrance Day is about much more than wearing a poppy.

Instead, it’s about honouring tradition and paying homage to the veterans in our community.

John Opra, a lifetime member of the Legion, has acted as master of ceremonies for the Remembrance Day ceremony in Revelstoke for many years.

That tradition will continue this year.

The ceremony involves many different groups within the community. One of those groups is the Revelstoke Rocky Mountain Rangers Cadets Corps. Their preparation for the annual ceremony begins in September.

“We start with drill, because it’s the beginning of the year. A lot of the cadets are new so they don’t have their drill up to speed,” said Capt. Miken Rienks.

In addition, senior ranking cadets who will be on the cenotaph during the ceremony practise rifle drill and routine. Rienks explained that drill is about uniformity, precision and tradition.

“It goes way back; we’ve always done it. It looks good. It looks sharp,” she said.

This year, cadets who will be doing rifle drill on the cenotaph are: cadet chief WO Alex Tilden, cadet WO Aiden Smith, cadet WO Solomon Moorehead and Canadian Instructor Cadre 2nd-Lt. Rachel Rienks.

Another large piece of preparation for the cadets includes volunteering their time for poppy sales. This usually takes place over one or two Saturdays prior to Remembrance Day.

“With the cadets out doing the poppy drive sales, more people seem to donate to the Legion Poppy Campaign,” said Rienks.

Right before the Remembrance Day ceremonies, the focus is on last minute touch-ups. Making sure uniforms are in good condition, boots polished and, most importantly, explaining the significance of Remembrance Day, what it is and what it means to them and the community and the veterans.

In previous years, cadets have taken time to clean the gravestones of veterans.

This year, the Remembrance Day parade from city hall will begin around 10:45. Cadet Capt. Kelly Rienks will act as parade commander. The parade will be made up of RCMP members, pipe band, Legion colours, Revelstoke Rocky Mountain Ranger Cadets Corps, Legion members, veterans, Revelstoke Grizzlies and many other youth and service groups.

Rienks said anyone who wishes to march in the parade is welcome to do so.

In a previous interview with the Revelstoke Review, master of ceremonies John Opra spoke to the importance of the Remembrance Day ceremony.

“I firmly believe [these ceremonies] are vital for the community to remember the people who have volunteered to fight for their country so we know why we have our freedoms and things of that nature,” said Opra.

This year’s Remembrance Day ceremonies will begin just before 11 a.m. at the Revelstoke cenotaph.

 

Just Posted

Revelstoke resident receives award for dedication to community

Jane McNab has volunteered in Revelstoke over 20 years

CSISS hosting workshop for professionals

Learn techniques for recording and reporting invasive plants using the Invasive Alien Plant Program

Revelstoke roads and weather: high 23 degrees today

There are three active fires in southeastern B.C.

Letter to the editor: Thank you Revelstoke!

Daring Greatly thanks community for their welcome

‘This river is a treasure’-Revelstoke resident opposes gravel pit proposal near Jordan River

Jake-Jay Construction has applied to use Crown Land on Westside Rd. for aggregate production

Astronaut David Saint-Jacques returns to Earth, sets Canadian space record

Native of Saint-Lambert, Que., set a record for longest single spaceflight by a Canadian at 204 days

Okanagan RCMP bike patrol rolls up on alleged stolen vehicle from Burnaby

The driver, a 30-year-old Kelowna man, has been held in custody and is facing possible charges of possession of stolen property and obstructing a police officer

Thieves steal two $40K chairs featuring gold serpents from Vancouver furniture store

Chairs believed to be the only two of its kind in Canada, police said

Okanagan businessowner challenges community to display Pride

“A huge reason why I made this challenge for other business was to offer LGBTQ+ community a safe place to eat, chat, shop, and get your haircut”

Okanagan bylaw officer best in B.C.

Al Harrison named Bylaw Officer of the Year at annual association conference

Poll: Rising gas prices force B.C. residents rethink summer road trips

63 per cent of respondents reported gas prices are impacting their day-to-day finances

PHOTO: Moose cow and calf relax in Williams Lake flower garden

The homeowners got a surprise when they checked their most recent surveillance footage

Holi: Festival of Colours celebrated in the South Okanagan

Kismet Estate Winery, in Oliver, celebrated Holi with their guests last weekend

Small plane crashes in Okanagan Lake

RCMP say wheels left down caused landing plane to overturn on lake

Most Read