Military Church Parade This Sunday
Image from past Military Church Parade marks start of Veteran’s Week in Prince George – photo 250News archive
Prince George, B.C.- For the past five years, on the Sunday before Remembrance Day, the Military Church Parade has taken place at the Prince George Cemetery and this Sunday is no exception.
The history of the Military Church Parade is a non-denominational service where military corps members would march to church on Sunday for a special service to honour all veterans. The practice fizzled out after World War II, but was revived in Prince George in 2011. Since then it has taken place on the Sunday before Remembrance Day to officially start Veteran’s Week. Members of the public are welcome to attend.
Set to start at 10:30 on Sunday morning, the Military Church Parade involves members of the Royal Canadian Legion, Sea Cadets, Air Cadets, Rocky Mountain Ranger Cadets, Navy League Cadets and the RCMP who march to the Veterans section of the Prince George Cemetery for a special service.
The march starts at the cemetery gates to the Veterans Memorial (on the west side of the Cemetery). The non-denominational ceremony is performed and a prayer offered for veterans interred in the cemetery.
This Sunday’s Military Church Parade will be followed by a gathering at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 43 at 12:30 where members of the Rocky Mountain Ranger Army Cadets will make a presentation to mark the 100th anniversary of the battles of he Somme and Beaumont-Hamel