PHOTOS: Remembrance Day marked in Yellowknife

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Hundreds packed the St. Patrick High School/Weledeh Catholic School gymnasium Monday to pay tribute to service people who have died or who are still serving in Canada’s armed forces.

The Remembrance Day ceremony was hosted by the Royal Canadian Legion Vincent Massey Branch 164.

The annual ceremony was preceded by a parade downtown and a laying of wreaths at the Cenotaph. The parade included a march of colours along with two minutes of silence, a soldier’s lament, and a playing of the Last Post and Reveille.

The Yellowknife Choral Society and Fireweed Children’s Chorus both performed a number ofmoving songs. The choral society performed a piece called Earth Song while the children’s group sang.

A video presentation by the NWT Pipe Band was also part of the ceremony.

Acing president of the Legion branch Richard Jalbert said he was impressed once again with the number of people who made paid tribute and honoured all those who have served.

“We always get a good crowd and I am looking at the school and it was packed to the seams,” he said. “I was thinking in my mind today that people are dedicated at this time of year where they give us and we give the community one hour or two hours where everything shuts down. They really pay attention. There is no interruption.”

Jalbert said in the modern age, with social media and other technology, the culture seems to be an ongoing distraction all the time.

“With today’s technology, nothing goes off,” he said. “That one time is special. It really is.”

Lt. Suzanne Nogue, public affairs officer with Joint Task Force North (JTFN) said Yellowknife and the Northwest Territories has many members serving in different units.

She said Team North, which is made up of Joint Task Force North, Area Support Unit, 440 Transport Squadron, The Yellowknife Company, and 1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group Headquarters, has almost 300 members.

There are also about 1,800 members of the Canadian Rangers, 1,400 members of the Junior Rangers, and about 370 members of the Cadets.

NWT Premier Caroline Cochrane lays a reach at the foot of the cross on behalf of the Government of the Northwest Territories.
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Michael McLeod, Member of Parliament for the Northwest Territories, lays a wreath on behalf of the Government of Canada.
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Service members march along 49 Street from the Cenotaph to St. Patrick High School on Monday.
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Richard Jalbert, acting president of the Royal Canadian Legion Yellowknife Branch 164, gives his address during the ceremony.
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Isaac Townsend, left, and Lachlan Austin, both in Grade 6 at Range Lake North School, were looking dapper in their suits during the ceremony.
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The Fireweed Children’s Chorus performed ‘Remembrance Day Child’ during the ceremony.
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Hundreds packed the gymnasium at St. Patrick High School/Weledeh Catholic School to mark Remembrance Day, Monday.
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Laying poppies at the cross.
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Several families and individuals laid poppies at the cross at the end of the service.
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Cadet Elexia Popson, who was also a member of the Yellowknife Choral Society, salutes during the ceremony.
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William Morrison, left, and Richard Jalbert, of the Royal Canadian Legion Yellowknife branch 164 show a display marking Remembrance Day at the Legion.
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