Every year on the Sunday closest to May 29, The Salvation Army pays tribute to its leaders, bandsmen and soldiers who perished in the sinking of the Empress of Ireland in the St. Lawrence river ninety – eight years ago, May 29, 1914. This tragic event claimed the lives of more than five hundred Canadian Salvationists on their way to a congress in London, England. This included the top leaders and most of the Canadian Staff band of the day. Heritage Brass was given the privilege to provide the music for the service at Mount Pleasant Cemetary in Toronto this year. A large crowd assembled on this warm, over-cast day to pay tribute and remember.