FREDERICTON - Thousands of people gathered in Fredericton today for a Remembrance Day ceremony at the provincial cenotaph which had been damaged by vandals just days earlier.
The remains of a large granite cross were hauled away yesterday after it had been toppled over the weekend.
The crowd included many soldiers and their families from nearby Canadian Forces Base Gagetown.
Many of those in attendance voiced their anger with the vandalism, calling it a cowardly act.
Others said it showed a lack of respect for Canada's veterans and soldiers that are now serving in Afghanistan.
Fredericton MP Keith Ashfield and Mayor Brad Woodside have vowed to see the cross repaired and reinstalled at the cenotaph.