Opposite our War Memorial is a little park, where a few of the "Occupy" movement which has spread to so many cities, have erected tents. I scrambled up on a pillar where I could get a good view, and ended up having a conversation with a chatty young man who talked about how the drill of the local police force wasn't nearly as good as the RCMP. He had been in cadets and talked about how he would "ream out" the cadets if their drill wasn't up to snuff. It turns out he was one of the "Occupiers".
Lately it seems that anyone who wants to get on their soapbox and get on TV will go to these ceremonies and walk up to the area where the microphones and cameras and start interrupting the proceedings. So I was afraid that this tiny group of "Occupiers" would use the Remembrance Day ceremonies as an opportunity to get before the cameras. When a lady started walking up to the front holding a sign over her head, I thought "Oh here we go". But it turns out her sign was about wanting custody of her kids! The police chief took her aside and chatted with her, and she finally left. The media surrounded her immediately but when it became clear she wasn't there to make a political statement and it was just personal, they all left her, and I notice she never did appear on TV in the end.
And I was glad to see that the Occupiers didn't use this event to promote their cause as well.
This post has been edited by hwhap: 12 November 2011 - 07:34 AM