Wreaths laid for Transcona veterans ahead of holidays

Wreaths laid for Transcona veterans ahead of holidays

Remembrance Day may have been last month, but some Transcona residents keep fallen veterans in their thoughts during the holiday season.

Couple Peter and Audrey Martin organized an informal wreath-laying ceremony at the Transcona Cemetery Sunday, bringing together dozens of community members to lay wreaths on each of the 325 veterans’ graves.

The veterans entombed in the cemetery served in the First or Second World Wars, but died back home in Canada.

“It’s about recognition this time of the year. We’re getting into the Christmas season, the holiday season,” Peter Martin said. “We’re thinking of the families of these soldiers who suffered and these people who never got to celebrate again. It’s a festive season for many, but it’s also solemn.”

This is the fourth year the Martins have been involved in the event, and the second year they organized it themselves. Non-profit Wreaths Across Canada donated the wreaths for the first two years, but the organization had to curb its spending. The Martins then took over, encouraging their Transcona community to pitch in.
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