PHOTOS: Huge turnout for White Rock Remembrance Day services

Remembrance Day ceremonies, organized by the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #8 and supported by the City of White Rock, began with a parade from uptown White Rock to the cenotaph on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022. (Geoff Yue photos)Remembrance Day ceremonies, organized by the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #8 and supported by the City of White Rock, began with a parade from uptown White Rock to the cenotaph on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022. (Geoff Yue photos)
Remembrance Day ceremonies, organized by the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #8 and supported by the City of White Rock, began with a parade from uptown White Rock to the cenotaph on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022. (Geoff Yue photos)Remembrance Day ceremonies, organized by the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #8 and supported by the City of White Rock, began with a parade from uptown White Rock to the cenotaph on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022. (Geoff Yue photos)
Above: Remembrance Day ceremonies, organized by the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #8 and supported by the City of White Rock, drew a crowd of about 1,200 to the city cenotaph on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022; below, from left: a parade from uptown White Rock to the cenotaph included members of local Beaver and Scout troops, as well as White Rock RCMP and Fire and Rescue officers, Royal Canadian Legion members, plus a large contingent of air cadets from the 907 Black Knights Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron and the Cloverdale Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps, attached to the Seaforth Highlanders Regiment; members of the public pinned poppies to wreaths laid during the service. More photos at peacearchnews.com (Geoff Yue photos)Above: Remembrance Day ceremonies, organized by the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #8 and supported by the City of White Rock, drew a crowd of about 1,200 to the city cenotaph on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022; below, from left: a parade from uptown White Rock to the cenotaph included members of local Beaver and Scout troops, as well as White Rock RCMP and Fire and Rescue officers, Royal Canadian Legion members, plus a large contingent of air cadets from the 907 Black Knights Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron and the Cloverdale Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps, attached to the Seaforth Highlanders Regiment; members of the public pinned poppies to wreaths laid during the service. More photos at peacearchnews.com (Geoff Yue photos)
Remembrance Day ceremonies, organized by the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #8 and supported by the City of White Rock, began with a parade from uptown White Rock to the cenotaph on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022. (Geoff Yue photos)Remembrance Day ceremonies, organized by the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #8 and supported by the City of White Rock, began with a parade from uptown White Rock to the cenotaph on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022. (Geoff Yue photos)
Remembrance Day ceremonies, organized by the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #8 and supported by the City of White Rock, began with a parade from uptown White Rock to the cenotaph on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022. (Geoff Yue photos)Remembrance Day ceremonies, organized by the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #8 and supported by the City of White Rock, began with a parade from uptown White Rock to the cenotaph on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022. (Geoff Yue photos)
Remembrance Day ceremonies, organized by the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #8 and supported by the City of White Rock, began with a parade from uptown White Rock to the cenotaph on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022. (Geoff Yue photos)Remembrance Day ceremonies, organized by the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #8 and supported by the City of White Rock, began with a parade from uptown White Rock to the cenotaph on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022. (Geoff Yue photos)
Remembrance Day ceremonies, organized by the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #8 and supported by the City of White Rock, began with a parade from uptown White Rock to the cenotaph on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022. (Geoff Yue photos)Remembrance Day ceremonies, organized by the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #8 and supported by the City of White Rock, began with a parade from uptown White Rock to the cenotaph on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022. (Geoff Yue photos)
Remembrance Day ceremonies, organized by the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #8 and supported by the City of White Rock, began with a parade from uptown White Rock to the cenotaph on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022. (Geoff Yue photos)Remembrance Day ceremonies, organized by the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #8 and supported by the City of White Rock, began with a parade from uptown White Rock to the cenotaph on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022. (Geoff Yue photos)
Remembrance Day ceremonies, organized by the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #8 and supported by the City of White Rock, began with a parade from uptown White Rock to the cenotaph on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022. (Geoff Yue photos)Remembrance Day ceremonies, organized by the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #8 and supported by the City of White Rock, began with a parade from uptown White Rock to the cenotaph on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022. (Geoff Yue photos)
Remembrance Day ceremonies, organized by the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #8 and supported by the City of White Rock, began with a parade from uptown White Rock to the cenotaph on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022. (Geoff Yue photos)Remembrance Day ceremonies, organized by the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #8 and supported by the City of White Rock, began with a parade from uptown White Rock to the cenotaph on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022. (Geoff Yue photos)
Remembrance Day ceremonies, organized by the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #8 and supported by the City of White Rock, began with a parade from uptown White Rock to the cenotaph on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022. (Geoff Yue photos)Remembrance Day ceremonies, organized by the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #8 and supported by the City of White Rock, began with a parade from uptown White Rock to the cenotaph on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022. (Geoff Yue photos)
Remembrance Day ceremonies, organized by the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #8 and supported by the City of White Rock, began with a parade from uptown White Rock to the cenotaph on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022. (Geoff Yue photos)Remembrance Day ceremonies, organized by the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #8 and supported by the City of White Rock, began with a parade from uptown White Rock to the cenotaph on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022. (Geoff Yue photos)
Remembrance Day ceremonies, organized by the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #8 and supported by the City of White Rock, began with a parade from uptown White Rock to the cenotaph on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022. (Geoff Yue photos)Remembrance Day ceremonies, organized by the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #8 and supported by the City of White Rock, began with a parade from uptown White Rock to the cenotaph on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022. (Geoff Yue photos)
Remembrance Day ceremonies, organized by the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #8 and supported by the City of White Rock, began with a parade from uptown White Rock to the cenotaph on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022. (Geoff Yue photos)Remembrance Day ceremonies, organized by the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #8 and supported by the City of White Rock, began with a parade from uptown White Rock to the cenotaph on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022. (Geoff Yue photos)
Remembrance Day ceremonies, organized by the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #8 and supported by the City of White Rock, began with a parade from uptown White Rock to the cenotaph on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022. (Geoff Yue photos)Remembrance Day ceremonies, organized by the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #8 and supported by the City of White Rock, began with a parade from uptown White Rock to the cenotaph on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022. (Geoff Yue photos)
Remembrance Day ceremonies in White Rock drew hundreds to the city’s cenotaph on Friday morning, Nov. 11, 2022. (Geoff Yue photos)Remembrance Day ceremonies in White Rock drew hundreds to the city’s cenotaph on Friday morning, Nov. 11, 2022. (Geoff Yue photos)
Remembrance Day ceremonies in White Rock drew an estimated 1,200 people to the city’s cenotaph on Friday morning, Nov. 11, 2022. The morning began with a parade to the cenotaph and included what was likely the first public singing of God Save the King in the area since the death of King George VI. Story and more photos on page A11 and online at peacearchnews.com. (Geoff Yue photo)Remembrance Day ceremonies in White Rock drew an estimated 1,200 people to the city’s cenotaph on Friday morning, Nov. 11, 2022. The morning began with a parade to the cenotaph and included what was likely the first public singing of God Save the King in the area since the death of King George VI. Story and more photos on page A11 and online at peacearchnews.com. (Geoff Yue photo)
Remembrance Day ceremonies in White Rock drew hundreds to the city’s cenotaph on Friday morning, Nov. 11, 2022. (Geoff Yue photos)Remembrance Day ceremonies in White Rock drew hundreds to the city’s cenotaph on Friday morning, Nov. 11, 2022. (Geoff Yue photos)
Remembrance Day ceremonies in White Rock drew hundreds to the city’s cenotaph on Friday morning, Nov. 11, 2022. (Geoff Yue photos)Remembrance Day ceremonies in White Rock drew hundreds to the city’s cenotaph on Friday morning, Nov. 11, 2022. (Geoff Yue photos)
Remembrance Day ceremonies in White Rock drew hundreds to the city’s cenotaph on Friday morning, Nov. 11, 2022. (Geoff Yue photos)Remembrance Day ceremonies in White Rock drew hundreds to the city’s cenotaph on Friday morning, Nov. 11, 2022. (Geoff Yue photos)
Remembrance Day ceremonies in White Rock drew hundreds to the city’s cenotaph on Friday morning, Nov. 11, 2022. (Geoff Yue photos)Remembrance Day ceremonies in White Rock drew hundreds to the city’s cenotaph on Friday morning, Nov. 11, 2022. (Geoff Yue photos)
Remembrance Day ceremonies in White Rock drew hundreds to the city’s cenotaph on Friday morning, Nov. 11, 2022. (Geoff Yue photos)Remembrance Day ceremonies in White Rock drew hundreds to the city’s cenotaph on Friday morning, Nov. 11, 2022. (Geoff Yue photos)
Remembrance Day ceremonies in White Rock drew hundreds to the city’s cenotaph on Friday morning, Nov. 11, 2022. (Geoff Yue photos)Remembrance Day ceremonies in White Rock drew hundreds to the city’s cenotaph on Friday morning, Nov. 11, 2022. (Geoff Yue photos)
Remembrance Day ceremonies in White Rock drew hundreds to the city’s cenotaph on Friday morning, Nov. 11, 2022. (Geoff Yue photos)Remembrance Day ceremonies in White Rock drew hundreds to the city’s cenotaph on Friday morning, Nov. 11, 2022. (Geoff Yue photos)
MP for South Surrey-White Rock Kerry-Lynne Findlay was among those who laid wreaths during Remembrance Day ceremonies in White Rock at the city’s cenotaph on Friday morning, Nov. 11, 2022. (Geoff Yue photos)MP for South Surrey-White Rock Kerry-Lynne Findlay was among those who laid wreaths during Remembrance Day ceremonies in White Rock at the city’s cenotaph on Friday morning, Nov. 11, 2022. (Geoff Yue photos)

Annual Remembrance Day ceremonies at the White Rock Cenotaph drew a massive crowd – estimated at 1,200 people – Friday morning, Nov. 11.

The ceremony, a sombre service honouring those who paid for Canadians’ freedoms with their lives during past conflicts, began with a parade along Johnston Road and Pacific Avenue to the cenotaph next to City Hall.

Leading the parade was an honour guard composed of White Rock RCMP and Fire and Rescue officers, Royal Canadian Legion members, plus a large contingent of air cadets from the 907 Black Knights Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron and the Cloverdale Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps, attached to the Seaforth Highlanders Regiment.

Organized by the RCL’s White Rock Branch #8 and Crescent Beach Branch #240, and supported by the City of White Rock, the ceremony once again drew people of all ages – from children and parents, to grandparents and veterans – all of whom felt it was important to pay tribute to Canada’s war dead and offer thanks to those who’ve served in the nation’s military.

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Among those laying wreaths at the cenotaph were White Rock Mayor Megan Knight, South Surrey-White Rock MP Kerry-Lynne Findlay and Surrey-White Rock MLA Trevor Halford, along with representatives of almost every community organization.

This year marked the second in-person ceremony since the event was forced to an online tribute in 2020, due to concerns over spread of the COVID-19 virus. It also featured what was likely the first performance of God Save The King in the area since the passing of King George VI in 1952, led for the crowd by members of the White Rock Youth Ambassadors, along with two memorial flyovers including two Second World War-era aircraft, and a formation of light aircraft.

In Surrey, ceremonies were scheduled to take place in Cloverdale and Whalley as well. In Cloverdale, a pair of Second World War veterans, both 101 years old, were expected to lay wreaths in remembrance of fallen comrades.

– Alex Browne

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