Even before Remembrance Day the community of Wetaskiwin came together to honour the city’s past veterans with a No Stone Left Alone ceremony.
Members of the Wetaskiwin Royal Canadian Legion, Canadian Military members, city representatives and community members all gathered on Nov. 5 at the Jubilee Park for opening ceremonies, recitals, the laying of the wreath and the customary minute of silence.
“If not for their bravery we would not be able to gather here today,” said coordinator Alyssa Coughlan.
“As a daughter of a veteran I’m reminded contently even veterans who survived the war made sacrifices,” she added.
This is the first year No Stone Left Alone was held in Wetaskiwin and Coughlan held a belief education of all generations, especially the younger ones, is important to carry on the understanding of the sacrifices made by Canadian soldiers and the true meaning of Remembrance Day.
Mayor Bill Elliot also took to the podium to say a few words on behalf of the city. “Parents, I’d really like to thank you for bringing out your kids so we never forget.”
Following the ceremony, volunteers placed poppies on approximately 400 grave sites in the city’s two cemeteries.