Many members of the public took part in the laying of the wreaths ceremony.

Many members of the public took part in the laying of the wreaths ceremony.

Elkford locals pay their respects to Canadian soldiers

A large crowd gathered at the Elkford Cenotaph outside of the district building to pay respect to Canadian soldiers on Remembrance Day.

A large crowd gathered at the Elkford Cenotaph outside of the district building to pay respect to Canadian soldiers on Remembrance Day.

The Master of Ceremonies, Paul Bottolfson, welcomed everyone to the Cenotaph Ceremony, introducing the playing of O Canada and “The Last Post” followed by two minutes of silence.

Upon introduction, Elkford Mayor Dean McKerracher asked the crowd to give thanks to those who have died fighting for us and to ask God to keep those still fighting safe and protected.

“Remembrance Day is the day that all Canadians gather to commemorate fallen heroes who have served our country. We need to remember them not only today but every day, how they fought and died so we could have the freedom to live the lives we live today,” said McKerracher.  “I’d also like to thank all the brave armed forces members that still serve today. Canadian forces protect our country and keep us safe.”

Many members of the public took part in the laying of the wreaths before the benediction and blessing by Pastor Lorrie-Anne McLeod.

As the crowd dispersed they were encouraged to lay their poppies on the cenotaph. A social followed at the Elkford Community Centre.