Marking their place

Local veterans preparing for Remembrance Day by placing Canadian flags at headstones in the Legion's section of the cemetery.

Local veterans

Local veterans

Local members of the Royal Canadian Legion—Cranbrook Branch 24 honoured fallen comrades at the veterans section of the cemetery on Monday afternoon.

Located just off Cobham Ave., local veterans gathered at 1 p.m. and marked the headstones with Canadian flags as a local piper played the bagpipes.

Remembrance Day is just over a week away on Nov. 11th.

Many businesses in Cranbrook have already begun to support the Legion with the annual Poppy Campaign, with money going to supporting veterans causes across the country.

“We’re right in the middle of the poppy and wreath campaign. All our wreaths are out to our businesses and, once again, if it wasn’t for their support to our poppy campaign, our veterans, our poppy fund, would certainly be down,” said Clive Brown, the president of the Cranbrook Legion Branch 24.

Members and volunteers will go around town on Nov. 6th to collect the wreaths in advance o the Remembrance Day ceremony, which will begin at 10:30 as the veterans parade marches into Rotary Park and ends at the Cenotaph.

Local dignitaries, such as the mayor, MLA and MP, will be on hand by the bandstand to lay the wreaths at the appropriate time.

The Air and Army cadets will rotate as a member of each organization will accompany a dignitary up to the Cenotaph, hand off a wreath to be laid down, and salute for the dignitary if he or she is not in uniform.

Any dignitary who is marching in the parade and is laying a wreath will break ranks once the first announcement is made for the local MP come forward with the first wreath.

After the ceremony, any and all veterans are invited to come down to the Legion at the Heritage Inn for a barbecue. After 1 p.m., the general public is invited to join them.

Youth who participate in the parade are also invited to the Army Cadet Hall at 1st St. and 13th Ave. after the ceremony for hot dogs and pop.

If any veterans need a ride to get down to the Legion, call the office at 489-6745.