Bowen honoured Remembrance Day last Friday with the traditional Cenotaph Ceremony, organized by the Bowen Island Legion.
Bagpipes and the Colour Party signalled the start of events, following the departure of the 10:50 am ferry from Snug Cove. Rev. Lorraine Ashdown led the ceremony which drew hundreds of people, and included singing by Lynn Williams, Ellen MacIntosh and the Community Choir.
Other moments included the playing of the Last Post and Piper Reveille, and the reading of war poems In Flanders Fields by Canadian war surgeon John McCrae and High Flight by Royal Canadian Air Force Pilot John Gillespie Magee Jr. During the latter, a well-timed three-plane flyover by the Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association took place. The Orchard Recovery Centre and Doc Morgan’s assisted in helping bring the planes over Bowen.
Many local organizations, schools and businesses laid wreaths near the end of the ceremony. Following the departure of the Colour Party, people were invited to lay their poppies among the wreaths which now covered the Cenotaph.