Thunder Bay observes Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day ceremonies were held Monday morning in Thunder Bay at three venues.

Remembrance Day ceremonies were held Monday morning in Thunder Bay at three venues.

Thousands turned out to the Fort William Gardens to remember those who served this country around the world.

War veterans prepare to lay wreaths during a Remembrance Day ceremony in Thunder Bay on Monday. (Matt Prokopchuk/CBC)

Dozens of people and organizations laid wreaths in front of a wooden cenotaph.

Lydia Stam laid one on behalf of the Thunder Bay Law Association, but said she also has a personal reason to attend.

"I volunteered to do this a number of years ago because I'm a descendant of Dutch parents from occupied Holland, so it's very important to me to be here,” she said.

Several Remembrance Day ceremonies took place at various locations across Thunder Bay on Monday. (Matt Prokopchuk/CBC)

“It means remembering all that happened to my parents, how grateful they were for the liberation." 

Stam appreciated the good turnout, describing the service as a very powerful experience and glad to "see everybody who still cares enough to be here."

Charlotte Prokopetz attended as the daughter of a World War 2 veteran. "If we hadn't beaten Hitler, we wouldn't have had the option to come and enjoy things like this today," she said.

Other ceremonies were held at the Waverley Park cenotaph and on Mount McKay.

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