On this Remembrance Day, the 100th anniversary of the end of the first world war, Central Saanich residents will unite to remember and unveil the community’s new cenotaph.
“This year is a particularly poignant opportunity for our community to show appreciation to our veterans and their families by unveiling the cenotaph,” says Mayor Ryan Windsor. “I’m extremely proud our community will have such a beautiful monument to commemorate those who made unfathomable sacrifices in the name of freedom and peace.”
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.
Windsor notes Remembrance Day is an occasion that bridges generations and passes on the traditions of remembrance, and Central Saanich has asked a number of youth to participate in the event.
In addition to the unveiling of the cenotaph, the ceremony will include a march in, two minutes of silence, poems and remarks, and a wreath laying ceremony. The service will be emceed by Chair of the Cenotaph Committee Carl Jensen.
Residents will join Mayor Ryan Windsor, Council members, Central Saanich police and fire fighters, members of Air Cadet’s 676 Kittyhawk Squadron, Girl Guides, Boy Scouts, Stelly’s Marching Band and others.
The ceremony takes place Sunday, November 11, at 10:30 a.m. at the new location at the cenotaph in Pioneer Park (where the Cultural Center and library are located).
Girl Guides will host refreshments in the Old West Saanich School House following the service.