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New West marks First World War centennial

New Westminster Mayor Wayne Wright (right) joined by World War 2 veterans William Maurice Ford (left), Infantry Rifles, and Robert Hinksman, Regina Rifles Regiment, 3rd Division (centre) by the Cenotaph at City Hall. -  Photo contributed/City of New Westminster
New Westminster Mayor Wayne Wright (right) joined by World War 2 veterans William Maurice Ford (left), Infantry Rifles, and Robert Hinksman, Regina Rifles Regiment, 3rd Division (centre) by the Cenotaph at City Hall.
— image credit: Photo contributed/City of New Westminster

New Westminster marked the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War by planting 100 poppies beside the city hall cenotaph.

Mayor Wayne Wright was joined in the ceremony by two Second World War veterans Thursday. Other municipalities across the country held similar ceremonies.

"We are proud of and grateful to the men and women who served during World War 1, as well as to all members of the Canadian Armed Forces who have served in protecting the freedoms we enjoy as Canadians," said Wright. "The planting of the poppies is a wonderful idea and a great way to honour our veterans."

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