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Remembrance Day marked across the region with altered ceremonies during pandemic

by | Nov 11, 2020 | Local News | 0 comments

There are scaled down versions of Remembrance Day ceremonies across our listening area today as the day is marked during the pandemic.

This year’s Remembrance Day service in Perth has been reduced to a handful of people invited to the Cenotaph on Drummond Street for an abbreviated service. There will be no band playing, no legion colour party, no visiting regiment of marching soldiers or cadets.

In Smiths Falls there will be a ceremony at Cenotaph Park, following public health guidelines, to pay respect to the fallen soldiers and is by invitation only. The ceremony will be broadcast live on Facebook for all who wish to watch.

In Carleton Place, the ceremony will be limited to a maximum of 100 participants and will be by invitation only. There will be no parade leading up to the ceremony at Memorial Park this year and the ceremony will include a condensed Colour Party. It will be available through the local legion Facebook page to watch.

You can contact your local legion or municipal offices to find out what is happening in your community.

The Royal Canadian Legion is also reminding Canadians that the best way to pay tribute to our fallen this year is at home.

With Canada’s major broadcasters planning to air their familiar Remembrance Day coverage, would-be spectators can pay their respects safely.

Our annual local tribute will air this morning at 11 on Lake 88.

The pandemic and restrictions related to gatherings, has meant the planning of significantly smaller ceremonies across the country, or their outright cancellation.

This year’s national ceremony in Ottawa will feature the 2020 National Silver Cross Mother Mrs. Deborah Sullivan from New Brunswick who will lay a wreath on behalf of all mothers and families who have lost children in the line of service, and in remembrance of her son, Lieutenant Navy Christopher Edward Saunders.

Traditionally, upwards of 35,000 people attend the National Remembrance Day Ceremony at Ottawa’s National War Memorial.

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