Veterans saluted at Penticton’s two Remembrance Day services

Over 1,000 people attended services both inside and outdoors Friday in Penticton for Remembrance Day.

Cadet Cenotaph guards in place Friday morning during the Remembrance Day services at Veterans Memorial Park.

Cadet Cenotaph guards in place Friday morning during the Remembrance Day services at Veterans Memorial Park.



Veterans, their families and those who just wanted to say ‘thank you’ attended Remembrance Day services Friday at two locations in Penticton.

The traditional venue in the auditorium at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre was once again packed and as well, several hundred people were at the outdoor service at Veterans Memorial Park.

This was the second year at the downtown location at the treed lot on the north side of the provincial court building.

Read more: Veterans Memorial Park

“About three yeas ago after we completed the restoration of the park here there were some people coming to the Cenotaph to conduct their own services so we decided to see if we could organize something a little better,” said Robert Horkoff, Dominion Vice President of the Army, Navy Air Force Veterans who has worked over the years to make the park what it is today. “We had a number of requests, some of them from veterans, who were accustomed to outdoor services and it’s been received quite well. I think the two services really augment each other, it gives the city an option.”

Members of Penticton Fire Rescue, the RCMP and a number of other organizations were represented at both locations.

Horkoff doesn’t believe the weather is a big factor in Remembrance Day services, noting: “I was told is that the colder, the wetter, the drearier the better but of course we end up having a nice sunny day like today. And the veterans like that too.”

The tall granite obelisk that is the Cenotaph was erected in 1920 by the Great War Veterans’ Association as a First World War memorial to which plaques were later added to honour Second World War veterans.

Since then three levels of government and private donors have given over $100,000 that has been used to make a number of  improvements.

 

The park is consecrated under the federal war graves legislation  and is a memorial to the people of Penticton who made the ultimate sacrifice.

 

 

Just Posted

Penticton Overdose Prevention Society co-founders Desiree Franz, Shane Surowski and Stephanie Lines have created the city’s first unsanctioned public overdose prevention site using an old wine-tour bus. The site began operations in June 2021. (Desiree Franz/Facebook)
Volunteers launch Penticton’s first public supervised injection site

2021 is on pace to be the deadliest year for overdoses in Penticton on record

Four golfers from Fairview Mountain Golf Club in Oliver will golf from sunrise to sunset to raise funds for ALS on June 29. (Submitted)
Golfing from sunrise to sunset in Oliver for ALS

Four golfers from Fairview Mountain Golf Club have taken up the challenge June 29

Jann Arden will embark on Canada-wide tour Spring 2022 with a stop in Penticton at the South Okanagan Events Centre on June 13. (Contributed)
Jann Arden coming to Penticton in 2022

The Jann Arden Live! tour has been rescheduled for 2022

A storm watch has been issued for the Okanagan, Kootenays and Columbia regions of B.C. (Calvin Dickson photo)
Another severe thunderstorm watch issued for the Okanagan

Conditions are favourable for thunderstorms that may produce strong wind gusts, hail and heavy rain

The South Okanagan Tim Hortons raised over $4,000 through the three day orange doughnut promotion with 100 per cent of proceeds going to to the Residential School Survivors Society. The owner of these locations matched the amount. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
South Okanagan Tim Hortons raises over $8K for residential school survivors

More than $4,000 worth of doughnuts were purchased over three days

Singer-songwriter Jann Arden is pictured with a draft horse. (Canadian Horse Defence Coalition)
Jann Arden backs petition to stop live horse export

June 14 is the International Day to End Live Export of Animals

(Dave Ogilvie photo)
One injured after being pinned by fallen forklift near Peachland

West Kelowna emergency crews responded to reports of a person stuck under a forklift

Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick, assistant deputy speaker at the B.C. legislature, presides over committee discussions. The legislature is completing its delayed spring session this week, with most MLAs participating by video conference. (Hansard TV)
B.C.’s daily COVID-19 infections dip below 100 over weekend

Only 68 new cases recorded Monday, four additional deaths

B.C. ambulance station in Revelstoke is expected to get a new system called the Scheduled On-Call (SOC) this fall. (Liam Harrap - Revelstoke Review)
B.C. ambulance changes could put Revelstoke residents at risk, warn local paramedics

Paramedics said to expect a substantial increase in ambulance response time starting this fall

This goose family went for a leisurely stroll down Vernon’s Main Street Saturday, April 25. (Dave Deshane photo)
Controversial Vernon goose cull won’t fly this year

Necessary permit procedures held up at a federal level

Mounties cover a burgundy truck with a tent at Buckerfields in West Kelowna on Monday, June 14. The RCMP is investigating after a woman’s body was found inside the truck. (Amandalina Letterio/Capital News)
West Kelowna RCMP investigating suspicious death after body found in truck

Police responded to a truck parked out front of a Main Street business where the body was found

The BC Ferries website went down for a short while Monday morning following a provincial announcement that recreational travel between health authorities can resume Tuesday. (Black Press Media file photo)
BC Ferries’ website crashes in wake of provincial reopening announcement

Website back up now, recreational travel between health regions to resume as of Tuesday

The Kamloops Indian Residential School is photographed using a drone in Kamloops, B.C., Monday, June, 14, 2021. The remains of 215 children were discovered buried near the former school earlier this month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Communities grapple with what to do with former residential and day schools

Some tear them down as a tool to help healing, others repurpose them as tools for moving forward

FILE – Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry talks about B.C.’s plan to restart the province during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, Tuesday, May 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. watching U.K.’s COVID struggles but don’t think province will see similar pitfalls

Studies show that one dose of vaccine is only 33 per cent effective in preventing B.1.617.2 spread

Most Read