VIDEO: Lake Cowichan remembers the fallen with music, impressive ceremony

Isaac Affleck of the Khowutzun 2924 army cadets holds vigil at the Lake Cowichan cenotaph. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)Isaac Affleck of the Khowutzun 2924 army cadets holds vigil at the Lake Cowichan cenotaph. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Led by the Cowichan Pipes & Drums, the colour party and parade marches in. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)Led by the Cowichan Pipes & Drums, the colour party and parade marches in. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
A member of the Legion colour party dips the flag during the singing of ‘O Canada’ by the Lake Cowichan Tenors. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)A member of the Legion colour party dips the flag during the singing of ‘O Canada’ by the Lake Cowichan Tenors. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Piper Frank Nichol plays at the Lake Cowichan cenotaph during the ceremony. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)Piper Frank Nichol plays at the Lake Cowichan cenotaph during the ceremony. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Piper Frank Nichol adds his music to the atmosphere of the service at the cenotaph in Lake Cowichan. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)Piper Frank Nichol adds his music to the atmosphere of the service at the cenotaph in Lake Cowichan. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Lake Cowichan town council takes its wreath to the cenotaph. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)Lake Cowichan town council takes its wreath to the cenotaph. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
The ambulance crew is also represented with a wreath at the ceremony. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)The ambulance crew is also represented with a wreath at the ceremony. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Brownies and Guides carry their wreath to the cenotaph. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)Brownies and Guides carry their wreath to the cenotaph. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Lake Cowichan remembers Korean War veterans. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)Lake Cowichan remembers Korean War veterans. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
A Legion member remembers the fallen with a salute at the Lake Cowichan cenotaph. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)A Legion member remembers the fallen with a salute at the Lake Cowichan cenotaph. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Flt Sgt Robin Waldie of the 744 Squadron Air Cadets keeps guard at the cenotaph as members of the public lay their poppies on the cenotaph. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)Flt Sgt Robin Waldie of the 744 Squadron Air Cadets keeps guard at the cenotaph as members of the public lay their poppies on the cenotaph. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

Cowichan Laker folks turned out in force on Saturday, Nov. 11 to honour Canada’s war dead with a colourful ceremony at the cenotaph at Central Park.

Although a downpour threatened from a heavy sky, the worst of the rain held off, and that meant the natural amphitheatre around the memorial was lined with a big crowd for the event, which featured the music of the Cowichan Pipes & Drums and the Lake Cowichan tenors, along with the colour of the poppies on the many wreaths, the red serge jackets of the local RCMP, and the bright clothing of the many children who attend the ceremony with their families.