Remembrance Day ceremonies hold new meaning this year 

For the first time since the Korean Conflict in 1953, Canada will have armed forces personnel in active war zones during Remembrance Day services, this Nov. 11.

In Whistler the day will be marked by a Colour Party Parade of veterans, serving military, Bylaw, RCMP members and firefighters. It will start at 10:40 a.m. and travel up Village Gate Boulevard.

Escorted by bagpipes the parade will march to the Cenotaph in front of Fire Hall #1. Village Gate Boulevard will be closed to traffic from 10:40 a.m. until 11:15 a.m.

"This year I will be talking a little about the loss of four soldiers this year in Afghanistan," said event organizer Brian Buchholz.

"This is not just a historical long and far away remembrance it is right here, right now, and we recognize that now and on Remembrance Day.

"I am hoping that this year people who can’t come to the cenotaph in Whistler will try and stop wherever they are, and whatever they are doing, at 11 a.m. and participate in a minute of silence.

"People are working, people are busy, but I am just saying if you could stop for a moment and remember and think about the sacrifice it would be a fitting tribute."

The Whistler Children’s Chorus will perform two songs and the 1 st Whistler Guides will act as honourary wreath holders for Colour Part members.

And for the fourth year Blackcomb Helicopters will perform a signature fly-past after the two minutes of silence and Reveille at 11:02 a.m.

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