Anti-wax workers disrupt the services of Remembrance Day in Kelowna

“We were worried, honestly, that something like this would happen,” the local Legion president said.

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KELOWNA – An official memorial service in Kelowna has been canceled, in part, for fear anti-wax workers would appear.

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They did, however, appear.

“We were worried, honestly, that something like this would happen,” Legion president John Cashin said after a group of anti-wax workers disrupted an Nov. 11 informal and unpublished service at the cenotaph in City Park.

“It’s one of the reasons why we didn’t have our regular service in City Park,” Cashin said. “We thought they might show up and shout. Those people are crazy. ”

In order for the traditional Nov. 11 service to continue, legion officials have considered spending about $ 10,000 for perimeter fencing and security around the cenotaph plaza.

“Then we could have controlled access and kept those (anti-wax) people out,” Cashin said.

But the officers of the legion decided that in the end the expense was too great and canceled the formal service.

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However, an informal service was held at 11 a.m. on Remembrance Day. but it was interrupted when a woman in a long black coat used a microphone to address the crowd and began denouncing public health orders related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“As many of us realize, we are in the middle of World War III,” the woman said, as shown in images obtained by Global Okanagan.

Buoys and Catalans quickly rained down on the woman and a man with many medals and ribbons on his chest stepped towards her.

“Hey, madam, look at these,” he said, pointing to his honors. “This is not the bad day.”

In the Global video, others in the crowd shout at the woman, ‘Get her out of there’, while a man tries to take her microphone, and a veteran with a Scottish accent says to her, “Why don’t you mess up?”

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“I am fighting for the freedoms for which our soldiers died,” the woman says.

“You don’t fight for anything,” a woman says to the anti-wax. “You are a disgrace.”

Police say they are investigating.

“Kelowna RCMP officers support the right of a person or group to protest, but when they choose to deliberately interrupt the assembly of citizens at a Memorial Day ceremony, that is a step too far,” Kelowna RCMP Insp. Adam MacIntosh said in a statement.

“Kelowna RCMP will fully investigate this event to determine what offense, criminal or otherwise, may have been committed and, if appropriate, the filing of charges or fines,” he said.

Police are asking all those with a video of the event to send them a copy.

Read more Okanagan news at kelownadailycourier.ca

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