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Seeing Bowen Islanders gather makes Remembrance Day even more poignant

Scroll the photos of the November 11 Remembrance Day service at the cenotaph

The Remembrance Day service at the Bowen Island cenotaph is always a time of quiet solemnity and reflection.

But this year’s gathering in Snug Cove took on a special poignancy. For the hundreds of people standing under muted skies it was one of the few times in the past two years when they could gather as a community.

In 2020, most people watched the service on computer screens because of pandemic precautions. To be together, with heads bent in contemplation of those who had endured so much in times of war, seemed in itself a form of recognition of what it’s like to be separated from those you love during times of duress.

The Rev. Lorraine Ashdown led the service which included a colour guard, Last Post and Reveille played by bugler Duncan Shaw, the reading of In Flanders Fields, a hymn by the Community Choir and the placing of two dozen wreaths by local organizations and families.