Pearl Henwood pins a poppy to a wreath in memory of her late father-in-law, a Second World War veteran, buried nearby in the Alto-Reste Cemetery. About a dozen people attended the D-Day service Thursday, including Red Deer Legion president Bev Hanes and Mike Barclay of the Innisfail Legion. (Photo by LANA MICHELIN/Advocate staff).

PHOTO: Remembering Second World War veterans on D-Day anniversary

Central Albertans gather to pay their respects on Thursday

Pearl Henwood pins a poppy to a wreath in memory of her late father-in-law, a Second World War veteran who’s buried nearby in the Alto-Reste Cemetery.

About a dozen people attended the local service on the 75th anniversary of D-Day, including Red Deer Legion president Bev Hanes, Mike Barclay of the Innisfail Legion, and Ralph Melnick, a Red Deer Legion member.

It was a short, simple service, with Hanes reading a poem about aging veterans and speaking about the importance of remembering their sacrifices.

Participants observed a moment of silence to remember departed soldiers and what they did to uphold freedom and democracy.

While there were no surviving Second World War vets at the service, many being in the mid 90s now, several of their descendants were in attendance and pinned poppies to the wreath on their behalf.

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