VIDEO: Lake Cowichan remembers the fallen with impressive cenotaph ceremony

Air cadets take a quiet moment at the Lake Cowichan cenotaph after laying their wreath Nov. 11.Air cadets take a quiet moment at the Lake Cowichan cenotaph after laying their wreath Nov. 11.
It’s all eyes on the skies as a group of eight planes performs a flypast above the Lake Cowichan cenotaph on Nov. 11 during Remembrance Day ceremonies. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)It’s all eyes on the skies as a group of eight planes performs a flypast above the Lake Cowichan cenotaph on Nov. 11 during Remembrance Day ceremonies. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Cadets march to the Cenotaph before Remembrance Day ceremonies begin at Lake Cowichan.Cadets march to the Cenotaph before Remembrance Day ceremonies begin at Lake Cowichan.
Young hockey players carry a wreath towards the Lake Cowichan cenotaph during Remembrance Day ceremonies.Young hockey players carry a wreath towards the Lake Cowichan cenotaph during Remembrance Day ceremonies.
Lake Cowichan’s mayor and councillors prepare to place the Town’s wreath during Remembrance Day ceremonies. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)Lake Cowichan’s mayor and councillors prepare to place the Town’s wreath during Remembrance Day ceremonies. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Mountie salutes at the Lake Cowichan cenotaph during Remembrance Day service. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)Mountie salutes at the Lake Cowichan cenotaph during Remembrance Day service. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Pastor David Stirling talks to the big crowd on Remembrance Day at Lake Cowichan. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)Pastor David Stirling talks to the big crowd on Remembrance Day at Lake Cowichan. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Piper Mark Christie plays a lament during Lake Cowichan’s Remembrance Day ceremonies on Nov. 11. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)Piper Mark Christie plays a lament during Lake Cowichan’s Remembrance Day ceremonies on Nov. 11. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Cowichan Pipers & Drummers lead the parade.Cowichan Pipers & Drummers lead the parade.
Lake Cowichan Scouts take their wreath to the cenotaph during Remembrance Day ceremonies Nov. 11. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)Lake Cowichan Scouts take their wreath to the cenotaph during Remembrance Day ceremonies Nov. 11. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Lake Cowichan Scouts place their wreath on the cenotaph during Remembrance Day ceremonies Nov. 11. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)Lake Cowichan Scouts place their wreath on the cenotaph during Remembrance Day ceremonies Nov. 11. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
A sea cadet from the Admiral Mainguy squadron keeps watch during Remembrance Day ceremonies at the Lake Cowichan cenotaph. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)A sea cadet from the Admiral Mainguy squadron keeps watch during Remembrance Day ceremonies at the Lake Cowichan cenotaph. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Cadets are an important part of the Remembrance Day ceremonies at Lake Cowichan’s cenotaph. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)Cadets are an important part of the Remembrance Day ceremonies at Lake Cowichan’s cenotaph. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Members of Cowichan Search and Rescue approach the cenotaph at Lake Cowichan to lay a wreath. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)Members of Cowichan Search and Rescue approach the cenotaph at Lake Cowichan to lay a wreath. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Lake Cowichan Teachers Association representatives take a moment to remember fallen soldiers after laying a wreath at the cenotaph. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)Lake Cowichan Teachers Association representatives take a moment to remember fallen soldiers after laying a wreath at the cenotaph. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
A large crowd of Lake Cowichan folks turns out for Remembrance Day ceremonies at the cenotaph. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)A large crowd of Lake Cowichan folks turns out for Remembrance Day ceremonies at the cenotaph. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

Residents gathered from all around the Cowichan Lake district Monday morning, Nov. 11 to remember the war dead.

The amphitheatre setting above the Lake Cowichan cenotaph was thronged with people, who turned out on a chilly but dry morning for the increasingly popular cermonies.

Members of the Cowichan Pipers & Drummers led in a big parade that included not only Legion members, officers from the RCMP detachment in red serge, and area firefighters and emergency personnel, but a large number of young hockey players in their jerseys, plus the local Scout troop. The Lake Cowichan Tenors sang both before and during the ceremony, and many, many groups and individuals laid wreaths at the cenotaph.

During that, a flypast of eight planes drew all eyes skyward.

After the ceremonies concluded, a crowd thronged forward to place their poppies on the cenotaph before heading home.