Thousands turn out for Remembrance Day
TRURO - A little girl walks by a lineup of veterans seated and covered in blankets. She stares for a moment, adjusts her poppy and then retreats to the crowd with loved ones.
It was a simple moment of respect shown at the Truro Remembrance Day service Wednesday.
After the singing of O Canada, clapping erupted from thousands of people who gathered for the event, held under partially sunny skies and a light wind.
"I don't like war because people try to kill each other," said nine-year-old Riley Blair of Truro.
The youngster's family purchased a wreath and Blair was one of many individuals
who laid a personal wreath or placed
poppies on wreaths at the end of the remembrance ceremony.
"I'm doing it to remember my great-great-grandfather (John Robert Murray) ... he was in the army and he was important," the youngster said after gingerly positioning the wreath against the Cenotaph.
East Mountain's Paula Tedford was thrilled so many people, young and old, continue to participate in Remembrance Day ceremonies. Her son, Darcy, was killed in Afghanistan in 2006.
"In some ways it's a little harder to attend the service now," said Tedford. "When it first happened I was numb but now there's been more time to reflect."
Many people approached Tedford at the ceremony, remembering her fallen son.
"It feels like a big family here."
North River's Eric MacCallum said the reality of war in today's world reminds people of the importance of Remembrance Day.
"The war in Afghanistan makes you think more about what's going on and about the past," said MacCallum.
Part of his reason for attending the annual Remembrance Day ceremony was in memory of family members who fought in wars. Luckily, none of them died in battle.
"It seems like war will (always) be a part of our lives ... and it's different today than 10 or 15 years ago. There used to be so few people at the service but now there are lots."
Thousands and thousands of people gathered for services throughout Colchester County, including in Brookfield, Bass River, Debert, Great Village, Five Islands, Londonderry, Stewiacke and Tatamagouche.