A fine turn out at the Princeton cenotaph can be expected Friday, Nov. 11.
After all, it is the first COVID-restriction free service in three years, and by the numbers Princeton is one of the most patriotic communities in British Columbia.
Pre-pandemic, at least eight hundred residents crowded Veterans Square on Nov. 11 each year, for the laying of wreaths and two minutes of silence.
Given a population of approximately 2,800 that is a per capita attendance of .29 – nearly one-third of the town paying its respects.
A Spotlight survey of surrounding communities in 2017 put Princeton near the top in terms of people honouring Nov. 11.
In that year, for example, Trail also had 800 people at its cenotaph, but drawing from a population of 7,000. Maple Ridge had 5,000 people at its ceremony, with a population of 85,000. Penticton, with 33,000 people, had at Remembrance Day turnout of 1,850.
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