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PHOTO. Wreaths laid during the cenotaph service on Remember Day, 2017 at MacDonald Island. Melanie Walsh. AFTERNOON REPORTER.

To honour our veterans and those who continue to fight for and protect our country hundreds of people gathered at MacDonald Island on Saturday, Nov. 11 for The Royal Canadian Legion’s Branch 164  Remembrance Day ceremonies.

Many wreaths were laid during the cenotaph service and after people added their poppies to the wreaths.

Second Vice President of the Legion Mike Grey shared with MyMcMurray the significance of the day for veterans.

“It’s when we get together and socialize and find that there’s guys from our units and abroad that we deployed with and have been here in our own backyard of Fort McMurray and we get to catch up,” said Grey. 

To mark the day Veterans, along with RCMP officers, firefighters, Emergency Medical Services and politicians were present.

For Mayor Don Scott, being able to be so involved with the ceremony this year was an honour.

“This was a very special year for me because I’m also on the legion board, and I’ve served there for a couple of years. When I got elected one of the first things my father asked me was whether I can continue serving on the legion board, it means that much to my family,” said Mayor Scott. “I’m really proud to be part of this ceremony and I’m glad to see so many young people out today, that really gives me great great confidence in the future of our country when I see so many young people support our veterans and those who serve.”

After the ceremony at MacDonald Island, there was a gathering at the Legion where the Canadian Flag was raised and people were given the opportunity to further pay their respects.

The Legion now has a new Light Armoured Vehicle monument that served Light Armoured Vehicle monument that served with Canadians during the Afghan war and pays tribute to our Canadian Armed Forces who served and sacrificed in Afghanistan from 2001-2014.