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Full force for Remembrance Day

Rankin Inlet ceremony to honour those who defend Canada

Mark Wyatt, president of Rankin Inlet’s Royal Canadian Legion Branch #169, has been involved in Remembrance Day ceremonies pretty much since he moved to the community.

“I think it should be important to all Canadians,” he said ahead of the 2023 ceremony, scheduled for doors to open at 10:30 a.m. and the event to begin at 11 a.m. at the community hall Saturday, Nov. 11.

“Remembrance Day is a time when we remember people who fought and lost their lives to support Canada. Especially with the way the world is going now, we’ve got forces that are in peacekeeping missions where people are still killed. War is never going to go away, unfortunately.”

He said the Canadian Rangers would be participating this year, and the event is expected to be a bit more “full force” without any Covid precautions.

The annual event typically sees speeches, a moment of remembrance and laying of wreaths in honour of those who have fallen defending Canada.

Photos on this page show scenes from the 2022 ceremony.

Those clad in uniform gather for a group photo at the end of the 2022 ceremony. Stewart Burnett/NNSL photo
Lorne Kusugak, MLA for Rankin Inlet South, prepares to lay a wreath during the 2022 ceremony. Stewart Burnett/NNSL photo
Deputy Fire Chief George Aksadjuak and Rankin Inlet deputy mayor Martha Hickes approach the cross upon which to lay their wreath in the 2022 ceremony. Stewart Burnett/NNSL photo
Johnny Ayaruak, master of ceremonies, presents in Inuktitut during the 2022 ceremony. Stewart Burnett/NNSL photo