Remembrance Day dawned bright but bitterly cold and windy on Tuesday. Despite whatever concerns they might have had about the weather or a repetition of the recent events in Ottawa and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Langley residents turned out for Remembrance Day services in record numbers.
No one, it seemed, was willing to yield to the threat of further violence.
In Fort Langley, many in the assembly commented on how whatever discomfort we might be experiencing paled in comparison with the hardships and suffering Canadian servicemen and women have endured on our behalf.
Thoughts turned to our veteransâ€™ sacrifices, whether on the Western Front, the North Atlantic, the Afghan desert, the Korean hills, or the beaches of Normandy.
Many recalled soldiers lost in peacekeeping missions in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East.
It was particularly encouraging to see so many young families in attendance, and the rapt attention of even the youngest was indeed remarkable.
On behalf of the organizing committee, I would like to thank the Langley Advance for its annual coverage of this season of remembrance. We are also grateful to all those who attended and to those who volunteered to make the service successful once again.
Warren Sommer, Fort Langley Remembrance Day Committee