One of my favourite assignments last year was the Remembrance Day assignment.
I talked to my mom’s cousin, who was sent to Rwanda after the genocide on a peacekeeping mission. It changed him, sure, but he assured me he wouldn’t change anything about his experiences if he could.
He expressed how important Remembrance Day is to him, and his words reminded me how important Remembrance Day should be for all Canadians.
Most importantly, the assignment reminded me that everyone has a story worth sharing.
Today I spent the morning in Transcona for the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 7’s Remembrance Day Parade and Service. I met some pretty great people, and I tried my best not to complain about the cold.
Here are some of the many photos I took as part of this year’s photo essay assignment.
Two Auxiliary Cadets make their way to their post for the Remembrance Day Parade, which started at the Royal Canadian Legion Transcona Branch No. 7.
A member of the Royal Canadian Legion’s Transcona Branch No. 7 Colour Party stands and waits for the parade to begin.
The Remembrance Day Parade underway, with the Colour Party leading the way.
The youth musical group Transcona and District Pipe Band march while bag piping and drumming.
A woman claps for those marching in the parade as they arrive at the Blessed Sacrament Parish at 710 Roanoke Street.
Peter Martin marches with the torch for his 93-year-old father Paul Martin who served in the Second World War.
From left to right: Peter Martin with father Paul Martin.
***Here are a few others not included in the assignment, but ones I’d still like to share.
Winnipeg’s Auxiliary Cadets heading to their place in the Remembrance Day Parade.
People of all ages filled Blessed Sacrament Parish in Transcona during the Remembrance Day Service.
The Remembrance Day wreaths lined up at the front of the stage.
Second World War veteran Paul Martin, 93, shows off his badges at Transcona’s Remembrance Day Service.
Those marching in the parade walk past the Memorial Park Circle on their way back to the Royal Canadian Legion.
All photos were taken with my iPhone 5C