Putting a poppy on your lapel on Remembrance Day may spur different memories for different people.
For veterans, the day may be a reminder of friends lost. For Regina’s mayor, pinning on a poppy reminds him of his father.
“I think of my dad, actually. He’s a Second World War vet,” Mayor Michael Fougere told the CJME Morning Show on Tuesday morning.
“I think of him and he, before he passed on, he shared a lot of the images and experiences that he had on the second day of D-Day. He was in the US army.”
Fougere’s father served as a military police officer and would tell Fougere stories about the artilary raining down on D-Day, and the actions he had to take to keep himself safe. Fougere admits he father didn’t tell him many of the stories until he was older.
More stories and memories will likely be shared as people in Regina gather for Wednesday’s Remembrance Day ceremonies.
The main service being held at the Brandt Centre will begin at 10:30 a.m. People attending the ceremony are asked to be seated by 10:15 a.m.
A memorial service and wreath laying will also be held outdoors at the Cenotaph in Victoria Park beginning at 10:45 a.m.