Thousands poured into Canada’s largest indoor Remembrance Day service on Saturday morning at SaskTel Centre, some wiping tears from their eyes.
Veterans old and young wore their polished medals and pressed suit jackets, as they took their seats with loved ones.
Among them was 99-and-a-half-year-old Matt Labach who served in the Second World War.
“During the wartime, there was two that went from our family, where in the army,” Matt said. “My brother was in the air force, he got lost.”
Matt was attending the service with his son Zane who said they were there to honour their fallen family member.
“It’s an important day, recognizing all of the sacrifices that have been made by various generations. We need to acknowledge that,” Zane said.
The 86th annual SaskTel Centre Remembrance Day service included both the new and old guard parade in the arena.
There were an estimated 7,000 people who came out to show their support for veterans and soldiers.
As the old guard started to march out at the end of the service there was an immediate increase in the sound of clapping from the crowd.
The service ended with a performance from the North Saskatchewan Regiment Pipes and Drums.