Local Legions take precautions in 75th commemoration of end of Second World War

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ST. MARY’S – The Liscomb and Sherbrooke branches of the Royal Canadian Legion are making public safety and security their first priorities as they commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War during Remembrance Day [Nov. 11] next week.

In Sherbrooke, a short service open only to legion members will convene at the cenotaph at 11 a.m., followed by an opportunity for the public to lay wreaths or poppies.

“Due to the pandemic our service will be very different this year,” the legion said in statement.

“At this time, we ask the public to remain in their vehicles due to government restrictions of 50 people at an outdoor gathering.”

The statement added: “This is not how we had hoped to honour our fallen comrades or to commemorate 75 years since the end of WWII, [but] the safety of our Legion members and the public must come first. Please be safe, keep within your own bubble and wear a mask.”

The legion noted that a donation in memory of a loved one, in lieu of purchasing a wreath, would also be greatly appreciated.

In Liscomb, Remembrance Day activities will commence at the cenotaph at 11 a.m. with the remembrance, colour party and prayers. Wreaths will be laid in advance. “In Memory” names will be called and families may step forward with a salute or prayer for their loved ones. Membership and wreath money will be accepted on a one-by-one basis in the foyer.

“Please respect the call to wear masks and social distance as we pay our respects to those who have gone ahead and those who have given their lives to keep us safe,” said a statement from the legion.

Alec Bruce, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Guysborough Journal