Remembrance Day ceremony in Fernie back to full form for 2022

Veteran Jock Anderson stands beside Silver Cross Mother Beverley Skaalrud at the 2021 Remembrance Day ceremony in Fernie. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)Veteran Jock Anderson stands beside Silver Cross Mother Beverley Skaalrud at the 2021 Remembrance Day ceremony in Fernie. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
A flower sash lain on the statue of the soldier on the cenotaph in front of the Fernie Court House at a past Remembrance Day ceremony. (Courtesy of Beverley Skaalrud)A flower sash lain on the statue of the soldier on the cenotaph in front of the Fernie Court House at a past Remembrance Day ceremony. (Courtesy of Beverley Skaalrud)

Fernie’s Remembrance Day ceremony will be back in full form in 2022 after two years of limited ceremonies due to the pandemic.

Beverley Skaalrud, poppy chair for the Fernie Legion and Silver Cross Mother, said there will be a full service at the Fernie Court House cenotaph following a parade on Remembrance Day (Nov. 11).

For the last two years, Remembrance Day ceremonies were held in a limited capacity at St. Margaret’s Cemetery.

“(We) just encourage everyone to come out for the service to pay respects to our past, present and future military,” Skaalrud said, adding that it’s not just about the military, but also about other emergency services.

The parade will begin to assemble at the Legion building at 10 a.m., and by 10:30 a.m. will be heading to the courthouse. It will include veterans, representatives from the RCMP, fire services, and local political dignitaries. Healthcare professionals will also be welcome to participate, Skaalrud said.

People are encouraged to arrive at the courthouse around 10:50 a.m. for the ceremony.

Included in the service will be the singing of O’Canada, The Last Post trumpet, a two-minute silence at 11 a.m. and the laying of wreaths. The Fernie Academy choir will also present, as will local Karl Schomann, who sang at the limited services. God Save the King will be sung at the conclusion of the service.

Skaalrud spoke about the current troubled times, pointing to the Ukraine-Russia war, and the people who are willing to put on the uniform to brave whatever danger is in front of them for the good of their country.

She also spoke about the bravery of emergency services.

“It’s the brave men and women who put on the policing uniform to protect society from danger, it’s the fire and emergency departments who put that uniform on to go into hellish situations to help and protect people. And the healthcare workers, they put on those scrubs to help people in need,” she said.

“It’s all about remembering and paying respects to all these people that are willing to put a uniform on, brave whatever danger lies in front.”

“That’s what Remembrance Day is, and if I have to stand in the cold weather for a couple of hours to pay my respects to them, I will do it in a heartbeat,” she said.

Skaalrud lost her son, Pte. Braun Woodfield, in Afghanistan on Nov. 24, 2005.

“For me, it’s very, very close.”

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