Anti-vaxxers disrupt Remembrance Day services in Kelowna
KELOWNA — An official Remembrance Day service in Kelowna was called off, in part, for fear anti-vaxxers would show up.
They showed up anyway.
“We were worried, to be honest, that something like this would happen,” Legion president John Cashin said after a group of anti-vaxxers disrupted an informal and unpublicized Nov. 11 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 maybe they’d show up and start hollering. Those people are nuts.”
Nevertheless, an informal service did take place at 11 a.m. on Remembrance Day. but it was disrupted 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 midst of World War III,” the woman said, as shown in footage obtained by Global Okanagan.
Boos and catcalls quickly rained down on the woman and a man with many medals and ribbons on his chest strode up to her.
“Hey lady, take a look at these,” he said, pointing to his honours. “This is not the f—ing day.”
In the Global video, others in the crowd yell out toward the woman, ‘Get her out of there,’ while a man tries to take her microphone, and a veteran with a Scottish accent tells her, “Why don’t you bugger off?”