Next Sunday, November 11 is Remembrance Day and this year is extra special, as it has been 100 years since the armistice that ended World War I.

It's always special for long time veteran Gary Boucher of Drumheller.

"We get to hold this conversation. We get to say whatever we want because of those guys going over there, the men and women that gave their lives so that we have this freedom," he answered when asked what Remembrance Day means to him.

"When I was in Syria in 2003 we did a Remembrance Day ceremony at a Commonwealth gravesite in Damascus and we found one Canadian soldier," he recalled. "We got to march in front of his tombstone, gave him a general salute and put our poppies (on the grave). That was one of the proudest moments of me being a member of the Canadian Armed Forces."

Boucher can't understand why some people seem to think wearing the red poppy is somehow glorifying war. He hopes the next generation will continue to honour Canadian veterans of all conflicts.

"Every Remembrance Day, I am so proud to march those flags down because the amount of people that come to our service, the amount of people that buy our poppies and even congratulate us or say thank-you for your service, this town is amazing when it comes to looking at our veterans and doing remembrance."

This year's Drumheller ceremony will be held at the Badlands Community Facility. The doors open at 9:00 a.m. with the ceremony scheduled for 10:30. The Drumheller Legion will be open after the service starting at noon.

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