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In person ceremonies resume, crowd gathers in Winnipeg for Remembrance Day

By The Canadian Press

About 2,000 people gathered in downtown Winnipeg today for the return of the city’s largest in-person Remembrance Day service.

The Joint Veterans Association hosted the event, the first since 2019, at the RBC Convention Centre.

Armand Lavallee, chair of the association, says it’s good to see any crowd come together after years of being apart because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Premier Heather Stefanson, Lt.-Gov. Anita Neville, Minister of Northern Affairs Dan Vandal and Winnipeg Mayor Scott Gillingham attended the ceremony.

It was one of several in-person services that returned across Canada to honour the country’s war dead.

Jane Brown, president of the Royal Canadian Legion Provincial Council Ladies Auxiliary, says it’s important to honour those who sacrificed their lives.

Brown had an uncle who was killed while serving in the Second World War.

“We need to remember and never forget that the sacrifice that was made.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 11, 2022.

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