2,000 veterans remember fallen at ceremony in Toronto

Participants ride in a jeep in the 2014 Warriors' Day Parade at the CNE on Aug. 16, 2014. (Ernest...

Participants ride in a jeep in the 2014 Warriors' Day Parade at the CNE on Aug. 16, 2014. (Ernest Doroszuk/Toronto Sun)

ANGELA HENNESSY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:33 PM ET

TORONTO -- Canadian fearlessness and fierceness was honoured Saturday during the 93rd annual Warriors Day Parade at the CNE.

The event took on even greater meaning this year as it marked the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.

More than 2,000 veterans and current members of the Canadian Armed Forces joined to remember the brave men and women who have fought with courage for the freedom of Canada and other nations.

"It doesn't matter what era it is, it's a family," said Chris Klodt, 32, who was a corporal in Afghanistan. "The best way to describe it is 'siblings' -- we're all very close."

Klodt did two tours of duty for Canada -- one to Bosnia and one to Afghanistan where he was injured in 2006 after being shot in the neck. He is now in a wheelchair but said it was a great honour to fight for "the best country in the world.

"My pride comes from my service, I'm just happy I had a chance to be part of the 100th year centennial today," he added.

 

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