Remembrance Day services will be understated this year, due to COVID-19. The pandemic has prompted the Dominion Command of the Royal Canadian Legion, which oversees all branches of the organization, to request that cenotaph services be private this year.
All Legion branches across the District have opted to hold closed, invitation only services on November 11. Wreaths will be laid privately ahead of services, with only members in attendance.
But that doesn’t mean the public can’t show its support for Veterans. The Fort Frances Branch 29 will be live streaming its service at 11 a.m., over its Facebook page. It’s encouraging the public, and classes in schools, to log in and watch from a distance.
It’s also asking for residents to show their support for Veterans by decorating their front windows or doors with poppies.
Members of the public who wish to pay respects at the cenotaphs on Remembrance Day, or lay a wreath, are asked to wait until after the Legion services to do so.
Remembrance Day is observed each November 11, in Commonwealth countries, to honour soldiers who have served and died in the line of duty. It is marked on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, to commemorate the end of hostilities in World War 1 in 1918.