Crowds gathered at Hamilton’s Veterans’ Place this morning to take pause and pay respect to those who fought and died for Canada.
Hundreds marked Remembrance day with two minutes of silence, donning the symbolic poppy.
A variety of voices including Yvonne Maracle with Hamilton’s Aboriginal community honoured the fallen including her great uncles who fought in the Second World War.
Maracle introduced spirit vision, a community drum who played the Veteran’s honour song.
Hussein Hamdani with the Muslim community was also in attendance, with remarks of remembrance and thanks.
“They sacrificed their lives so that we can live in a country that is free, that is democratic, that is pluralistic, that’s multi-cultural and for that the Muslim community is eternally grateful” he told the crowd.
Rabbi Hillel Lavery-Yisraeli pointed to the future.
“Give reverence to the living veterans with us today by praying and working hard to put and end to war, terror and bloodshed.”
The ceremony concluded in song and with a promise to remember.