On this Remembrance Day, the 100thanniversary of the end of the first world war, Central Saanich residents united before the Remembrance Day service to unveil the community’s new cenotaph.
The cenotaph is a symbol of the loss and sacrifice veterans have made for Canada, and it has four sides: a Canadian maple leaf to symbolize all Canadians who have served, the message “Be at Peace” in English and French and a side reserved for artwork by a local aboriginal artist.
The cenotaph was recently installed in Brentwood Bay’s Pioneer Park (where the Cultural Center and library are located), a location suitable for a large gathering as well as a quiet place for residents to visit and remember throughout the year. It will be the first time the community gathers at Pioneer Park on Remembrance Day—the ceremony was previously held at Municipal Hall.
Thank you to the Central Saanich Police Service, Fire Department, Kittyhawk Cadet Squadron, Scouts and Girl Guides for the parade. Thank you to the Stelly's Secondary band and singer Jono Devey for the musical performances. And a special thanks to the Girl Guides for hosting refreshments in the Old West Saanich School House following the service and Fresh Cup for supplying the coffee.