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Whistler gathers for Remembrance Day

Hundreds turn out to honour those lost in war and conflict

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Sometimes referred to as Canada's "Forgotten War," special honour was paid to the Canadians who fought so valiantly in the Korean War at Whistler's Remembrance Day ceremony on Monday (Nov. 11), with hundreds in attendance from across the Sea to Sky.

Event organizer Brian Buchholz was humbled by the turnout at Whistler's Fire Hall 1, the largest he thinks he's ever seen in his 18 years organizing the service.

Among those who attended the ceremony at Fire Hall 1 in the Village were retired and current Canadian, U.S., British and Korean troops who made up the colour party. The far-reaching international representation was testament to the common bond among all military personnel, said Buchholz.

"Whether you are New Zealand or Australian or Canadian forces, you have that camaraderie, that esprit de corps and you want to come and demonstrate that with your comrades," he said. "I was very proud and it's a lot of hard work, but when (the service) comes to fruition today it's very satisfying."

In his "Act of Remembrance" speech Buchholz paid special tribute to the thousands of Canadians who served, and 516 who lost their lives fighting in the Korean War, which ended 60 years ago.

The ceremony also included poetry readings by Whistler youth, the honourary laying of wreaths, songs by Whistler Singers and Children's Choir and a helicopter fly-over by Blackcomb Aviation.

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