Sgt. David McMillan (retired) performs The Piper's Lament during the Oak Bay Remembrance Day ceremony.

Crowds mark Remembrance Day

Risk of rain didn’t stop the community’s outpouring of respect

A large crowd gathered under looming dark clouds that didn’t break for the hour-long ceremony today (Nov. 11) in Oak Bay.

Oak Bay Police Chaplain Ben Yablonski led the community Remembrance Day ceremony marked by the first time a member of the Songhees Nation took part, with Coun. Jackie Albany laying  a wreath for the nation. Afghanistan veteran Tatyana Danylyshyn, 31, also a top shooter in the Canadian Forces, offered the Reflection in a reminder of the generations of veterans Canada boasts. In a nod to the youth of the community, Monterey Middle School students Annika Little and Oliver Longe read In Flanders Fields. Once wreath after wreath was laid, Oak Bay’s cubs, scouts and guides piled flowers on the picturesque cenotaph on Oak Bay drive.