Second World War veteran Reginald Wise

Crowds pack Surrey Museum plaza for Remembrance Day service

Hundreds turn out to pay their respects at the Cloverdale Cenotaph.

There was a huge turnout for today’s Remembrance Day service in Cloverdale, where warm, sunny skies prevailed, and crowds packed Surrey Museum Plaza to pay their respects.

People of all ages turned out to honour the sacrifices of Canada’s servicemen and women, joining veterans, RCMP and emergency services personnel, and about a dozen cadet corps.

Three flypasts of vintage warbirds in formation soared overhead.

Below, hundreds paused to reflect and remember those who have served and continue to serve overseas in war zones and on peacekeeping missions.

Surrey mayor Linda Hepner, Surrey MLAs Stephanie Cadieux and Peter Fassbender, and MP-elect John Aldag were among those laying wreaths.

Second World War veteran Hans Anderson, 94, who served from 1941 to 1945, and was taken prisoner in Italy in 1944, laid a wreath on behalf of Prisoners of War.

The Remembrance Day services were held under the auspices of Branch 6 of the Royal Canadian Legion (Cloverdale), which later hosted its popular annual gathering for veterans, RCMP, cadets and guests.

After the colour party led the parade back to the branch, crowds lingered, as people removed their poppies and placed them on top of the Cenotaph, including this veteran (below).

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