Vancouver remembrance day

CNC
Added On November 13, 2017

Hundreds of Vancouverites have gathered to honor and remember all Canadians who fought for the country in armed conflicts over the past century. 
 
At Vancouver's cenotaph on Saturday, veterans, current members of the Canadian Forces, dignitaries and residents gathered to mark Canada's Remembrance Day for the 93rd consecutive year. 
 
Among the veterans is Ben Nizio [NEE-ZOH], who fought in the Second World War in the Polish underground forces under the British command. 
 
[SOUNDBITE] BEN NIZIO, WWII veteran
"After the Warsaw uprising, in which I participate from the first to the last day, I escaped to England and joined the Polish forces in England under the British command."
 
Nizio fought for the allies from 1944 to 1945. 
 
He visits schools ahead of Remembrance Day to teach the kids about the sacrifice of the armed forces. 
 
He says attending the ceremony gives him a warm feeling. 
 
[SOUNDBITE] BEN NIZIO, WWII veteran
"I speak to the school children and tell them that veterans don't like the war, just because we want to march. We hate the war, we love the peace and to keep the peace we were forced to enter the war."
 
Later on Saturday, in Vancouver's Chinatown, more people gathered to mark the sacrifice made by Chinese-Canadians during armed conflicts around the world.
 
[SOUNDBITE] MAJ. ALFRED WOO, Ceremony organizer
"I am very gratified that the community turned out on this wet and soggy day. It shows that our message about being inclusive and diverse and united is getting through."
 
Vancouver's Mayor, along with some other dignitaries and Chinese-Canadian veterans joined the event.
 
[SOUNDBITE] MAJ. ALFRED WOO, Ceremony organizer
"The community wants to honor those groups, but also at the same time, we also want to have the community recognize that we are part of the larger community and as such we should have a ceremony that the community can participate in in recognition of all of Canada’s sacrifices."