Beechwood’s National Day of Tribute prepares National Military Cemetery for Remembrance Day

Landscapers, horticulturalists and volunteers from across the region gathered early in the morning on Friday, Nov. 5 for Beechwood Cemetery’s 16th annual National Day of Tribute. Participants pitched in their time, tools and fertilizer to prepare Beechwood’s National Military Cemetery for this year’s Remembrance Day ceremony.

Many of the day’s participants — including workers from a half-dozen landscaping companies and numerous volunteers — featured individuals with direct connections to Canada’s military, including Pete Campbell, chair of the National Day of Tribute committee and former combat engineer who served in the Canadian Armed Forces for more than 25 years.

“Many of the people and companies who come out every year do it out of respect,” he said. “They may have had family in the military, may have been in the military themselves, or someone they know is buried right here.”

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