A century after nearly 3,600 Canadians died on Vimy Ridge, hundreds of Nelsonites gathered today to remember those killed in war.

Ray Burgess normally leads the ceremony in O Canada, but wasn’t able to this year. His brother Tony Holland, however, provided his family’s story.

Parade commander Doug Brown, a retired British army officer, introduced veteran Lionel Binette, 98, to recite In Flanders Fields.

Nelson mayor Deb Kozak shared the names and stories of several Nelson men killed in the First World War.

Kelly Vrugteveen, 19, a Nelson rover scout and North Shore volunteer firefighter, provided a different perspective on war.