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WADS Canadian Detachment marks Remembrance Day

Capt. Thomas Nguyen salutes the Canadian flag

U.S. Air Force Capt. Thomas Nguyen, 225th Air Defense Squadron air battle manager and ceremony narrator, salutes the Canadian flag during the Remembrance Day parade ceremony on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Nov. 11, 2020. Veterans Day in the U.S. and Remembrance Day in Canada, both started with the armistice that ended World War I. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Conrad Neumann III)

Canadian Detachment members stand at parade rest

Members of the Western Air Defense Sector Canadian Detachment stand at parade rest awaiting the beginning of the Remembrance Day parade ceremony on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Nov. 11, 2020. Due to local COVID-19 restrictions, the ceremony wasn’t held at Tahoma National Cemetery this year. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Conrad Neumann III)

Col. Gyekis saluting

U.S. Air Force Col. Raed D. Gyekis, 225th Air Defense Group commander (left), salutes during the Canadian Remembrance Day parade ceremony outside of the Western Air Defense Sector, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Nov. 11, 2020. Veterans Day in the U.S. and Remembrance Day in Canada, both started with the armistice that ended World War I. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Conrad Neumann III)

General Boivin speaking at the podium

Royal Canadian Army Brig. Gen. Stephane Boivin, First Corps Deputy Commanding General of Operations, addresses the Remembrance Day parade ceremony formation on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Nov. 11, 2020. Veterans Day in the U.S. and Remembrance Day in Canada, both started with the armistice that ended World War I. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Conrad Neumann III)

Lee gives his remarks at the podium

Brandon A. Lee, Consul General of Canada in Seattle, provides opening remarks during the Remembrance Day parade ceremony on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Nov. 11, 2020. Veterans Day in the U.S. and Remembrance Day in Canada, both started with the armistice that ended World War I. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Conrad Neumann III)

Canadian Detachment members poise for a group picture

Members of the Western Air Defense Sector Canadian Detachment; Brandon A. Lee, Consul General of Canada in Seattle; and Royal Canadian Army Brig. Gen. Stephane Boivin, First Corps Deputy Commanding General of Operations, take a moment to gather for a group picture to commemorate Remembrance Day on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Nov. 11, 2020. Veterans Day in the U.S. and Remembrance Day in Canada, both started with the armistice that ended World War I. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Conrad Neumann III)

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. --

The Western Air Defense Sector Canadian Detachment marked Remembrance Day with a small outdoor parade ceremony in front of the WADS building Nov. 11, 2020, due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

Brandon A. Lee, Consul General of Canada in Seattle, and Royal Canadian Army Brig. Gen. Stephane Boivin, First Corps Deputy Commanding General of Operations addressed the parade formation and spoke about the importance of this day.

Remembrance Day marks the anniversary of the end of the Great War (WWI) and is a day of remembrance for all those who have served and are serving throughout the world today.  “It is a day of remembrance for those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their Country and who paid the price for freedom,” said U.S. Air Force Capt. Thomas Nguyen, narrator for the ceremony.

Nguyen explained that the playing of “last post” and “reveille” is used to draw the symbolic association between the Soldier's last duty of “sitting sentry” (last post and death) and his “rising” above his mortal duties (reveille).  Two minutes of silence is placed between these two bugle calls to mark the remembrance of the fallen.

Royal Canadian Air Force Lt. Col. Michael Fawcett, WADS Canadian Detachment commander, explained that the 2020 Remembrance Day parade is a poignant ceremony for members of the WADS Canadian Detachment and re-emphasized to everyone the importance to remember all those that have served and are serving and those who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the freedoms we all enjoy today.