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Afghan mission forms part of Remembrance Day ceremony

Rev. Jim Short to lead a tribute to fallen Canadian soldiers

The annual Remembrance Day ceremony in Ladner will include a new addition this year.

Beginning at 10: 15 a.m. on Friday, as a prelude to the customary events, Rev. Jim Short will lead a ceremony to honour the Canadian lives lost in Afghanistan and to mark the end of that combat mission and the transition to a smaller training mission.

The names of each of the 157 Canadian soldiers killed in Afghanistan will be read out by Short, the minister at Ladner United Church who served as a chaplain in Afghanistan for seven months in 2008, and Jen Brown, a local veteran who served on Short's tour.

As they read out the names, a group of Delta Secondary students will place a small Canadian flag around the cenotaph.

The parade will then begin at 10: 20 a.m. from the Ladner Legion to the cenotaph at Memorial Park where the service will get under way at around 10: 45 a.m.

The ceremony will include the national anthem, a reading of In Flanders Fields, two minutes of silence and wreath laying.

Ladner Legion president Jim Ingram will narrate the service.

. The Tsawwassen Legion will host its annual Remembrance Day events starting at 1: 30 p.m. The indoor ceremony will include speeches and the Delta Police Pipe Band, and will be followed by a light luncheon.

. McKee Seniors' Recreation Centre is hosting its annual Remembrance Day breakfast from 7: 30 to 10 a.m. Breakfast includes pancakes, sausages, tea or coffee and costs $6 for adults, $3 for children 12 and under, and is free for veterans.