Remembrance Day marked across Manitoba

Manitobans marked Remembrance Day across the province Monday.

Manitobans marked Remembrance Day across the province Monday.

More than 4,000 people crowded the Winnipeg Convention Centre for a sombre service with veterans and dignitaries while another 3,800 filled the Keystone Centre in Brandon.

Other ceremonies in Winnipeg took place at the Valour Road monument and the Manitoba legislature.

Smaller gatherings were also held at legions across the province, while the Indian Metis Friendship Centre​ in Winnipeg put on a Remembrance Day pow wow. Special tours are also offered at Brookside Cemetery and the Western Canada Aviation Museum, both in Winnipeg.

Those observing the ceremonies ranged from veterans like 90-year-old Ed Chenier, a bomber in the Second World War, who was the honoured guest at the Winnipeg Convention Centre and KalBattepati, who is from India and took in his first ever Remembrance Day service.

Battepati called the experience at Winnipeg's Convention Centre "breathtaking."

About 300 people  — veterans and their families, members of the community, school-aged children with their parents, cadets, boy scouts — turned out for a solemn service at the South Osborne legion in Winnipeg.

One retired vet, 88-year-old Harry Tucker, said he's still fighting for his comrades — but now it's on Canadian soil and against his own government to ensure all vets get benefits.

He called it a disgrace to the sacrifice soldiers have made that the federal government has cut back on benefits.

Tucker said he will continue to be a voice for those who can no longer fight.


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