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National Defence and the Canadian Forces

Joint Task Force Central & Land Force Central Area

31 Canadian Brigade Group

 

Remembrance Day 2004

Remembrance Day. It's a day we set aside to mark the sacrifice of all those involved in resolving conflict on behalf of Canada and indeed, of oppressed peoples around the world. The day does not honour war but rather serves as a reminder of the horrors of war and the supreme sacrifice paid by so many who fought - and continue to fight - against tyranny on our behalf. This does not only include the combatants but those at home - wives, family and friends - who could only watch as their loved ones marched into history.

While some today profess to believe that Remembrance Day is a symbol of war, it cannot be. It is a symbol of the hope of humankind, that perhaps some day, we will truly be able to say, "Never Again". When evil arises in the world, it can only flourish when good people do nothing. Fortunately, Canada has always had those who were willing to stand shoulder to shoulder with comrades to say, "Il ne passeront pas" - You shall not pass.

The RHLI have shouldered this burden through terrible conflicts and continues to do so today, with soldiers still overseas in theatres of conflict not of their making. On Remembrance Day in Hamilton in 2004, we honoured their commitment and the valour of the departed, and so shall we always.

CAPTIONS

RHLI veterans lay the Association wreath and salute fallen comrades.

The RHLI march into position at the 2004 Remembrance Day Ceremony, LCol Guy Smith leading.

Our aboriginal peoples have fought for centuries on behalf of Canada and their nations. They were present at the Cenotaph along with area MPs, MPPs and members of City Council to lay wreaths and honour their dead.

The Regimental Band lead the RHLI down the route from the John Foote VC, CD Armouries to the Cenotaph and back.

The RHLI salute as they pass the reviewing stand. As the senior military person in Hamilton, RHLI Honorary Colonel Jim Forsyth took the salute as Reviewing Officer for the Hamilton Remembrance Day parade.

 

The RHLI traditionally provide the bugler for Last Post and the Rouse at the City of Hamilton Remembrance Day service.

RHLI CO LCol Guy Smith and MCpl Steve Holdom laid the RHLI wreath at the Cenotaph.


They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

 

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