PICTOU – Nearly a thousand people surrounded the cenotaph at the annual Remembrance Day service in Pictou.
The brief service hosted by Branch 16 of the Royal Canadian Legion in Pictou included prayer and remarks by Branch 16 chaplain Gary Sinclair, Last Post and Revielle by John MacDonald and Lament by Lorna MacIsaac.
Annette Drapeau-Reynolds led in the singing of Oh Canada and God Save the Queen.
A special tribute was paid by two students from the McCulloch Education Centre.
Cassandra Sperry and Morgaine MacDonald read recitations they composed for a competition at the school.
Annabella Munroe was chosen as the Silver Cross Mother and laid a wreath on behalf of all mothers who have lost children to military service in peace and war.
In his remarks, Sinclair asked: “Why are we here?”
He said people have forgotten how to respect and be civil to one another.
“There are things we can’t fix but there are things we can fix now,” he said. “What if we started looking at each other differently? Everyone here is your neighbour. It’s hard to love your neighbour if you don’t like them, but we’re called to do that.”