Hundreds of people gathered around the City Hall in Brampton, for the ninety-third year, during the eleventh month, on the eleventh day at the eleventh hour, as the military regiments marched down Wellington St. W.
Residents from Brampton attended the ceremony and applauded the various military regiments that lined up, framing the Memorial Square Cenotaph. A trumpet played the Last Post at 11 a.m., followed by two minutes of silence and laying of wreaths.
Fabio Gazzola, President of CUPE Local 831, was present at the memorial ceremony and laid a wreath to pay his respect to the Canadians who have given their lives in war.
Gazzola said it is very important that people attend these ceremonies and pay their respects to the soldiers who gave up their lives for the freedom of our country.
“The veterans fought for our rights so we can continue to live in a free society,” said Gazzola. “We live in a much more civilized country where we have the liberty to do anything without facing struggles or hardships, so it is very important that our people recognize that.”
Two other members from CUPE 831 joined their president in laying down the wreaths. Levi Bourgeouis, expresses the significance of these ceremonies, as he himself had family members who lost their lives in the war.
“I’m here to represent the people who gave up their lives in exchange for the freedom of the country and its people,” Bourgeouis said. “It is because of these brave soldiers that we have a bright future ahead of us. For all the families who lost someone during the war, I feel wholeheartedly for them.”
The ceremony was led by the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 15 and the Mayor of Brampton, Susan Fennell. Fennel gave meaningful remarks on the importance of Remembrance Day. Fennell said Remembrance Day is the day the valour and sacrifices of our own regiment are honoured. She further said that the ceremony is a demonstration of everyone’s solemn pledge that those who fought for the country will never be forgotten.