With everyone remaining guarded due to COVID-19, many Remembrance Day ceremonies throughout Alberta will have proper precautions in place.
This year for Remembrance Day looks a little different for the Town of Coaldale compared to the last couple of years based on the number of cases being too high in Alberta.
Restrictions in Alberta were in place on September 16, 2021, to stop the spread of COVID-19, so based on the limitation, many ceremony-like weddings, indoor gatherings and funerals, venues, and indoor sports were included forced to either cancel or have a maximum of 10 other household members.
“Over the past several years, we have held the Town of Coaldale Remembrance Day Ceremony at Jennie Emery Elementary School, and the Remembrance Day Committee has welcomed over 650 people to the ceremony each year. Because of COVID-19 in 2020, we could not gather last year, so we planned and held a Virtual Remembrance Day Ceremony”. Said Cindy Hoffman.
Families were able to join the ceremony last year from their homes to pay their respects and remember all who had fallen and who had fought for our freedom.
This year Hoffman added that we find ourselves in a similar situation where we cannot gather and remember and reflect together, so the Remembrance Day Committee has again opted to plan a virtual Remembrance Day Ceremony. The ceremony will stream on November 11, starting at approximately 10:35 a.m.
The Town had asked the community to create a giant paper poppy for the Field of Poppies at the Cenotaph during Veterans Week, November 5 to the 11. Handmade poppies had to be dropped off at the Town office before November 3.
To pay your respect for this year’s ceremony, you can visit the Town of Coaldale website to get the link to the ceremony at coaldale.com.
Jaxon McGinn, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Sunny South News