Quiet Remembrance Day services will be marked in South Grey

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In a usual year, early November sees Royal Canadian Legion members standing in busy public places with poppy boxes collecting donations.

But in the unusual year of 2020, things are different.

Donation boxes and poppies are in stores. Those funds are needed more than ever with many Legions shut since March, including RCL No. 285 in Dundalk and RCL No. 333 Flesherton-Markdale.

Poppy funds are used to improve the lives of veteran. That may mean purchasing equipment for the local hospital which will benefit veterans and others. Another frequent use is for emergency help such as dental bills for veterans.

This year, some members of the Dundalk Legion will place wreaths at the Cenotaph quietly on Nov. 10 at 6 p.m.

“We don’t want the gathering, but we’re still showing respect,” said Dundalk Legion president Dan Merkley.

Residents are free to drop by on Nov. 11 to pay their respects. There will be no service at 11 a.m.

Dundalk Legion is also raising money during this time that it is closed by selling tickets on a homemade quilt with poppies in a Remembrance theme.

Residents of Grey Highlands will receive a letter asking for their special support with the Poppy Fund.

A small service will be held at Markdale Cenotaph, behind Grey Gables and the Municipal Office at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, but members will have laid the wreaths already. Numbers are capped at current restrictions for outdoor gatherings.

A similar service will take place at the Flesherton Memorial Park beside the Museum in Flesherton at 11.

For the first time the Remembrance Sunday Service will be streamed this Sunday, Nov. 8, from Markdale, supported by Annesley United and Christ Church Anglican.

The service will honour men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces who served during the Afghanistan war from 2001-2014, especially the 158 soldiers and seven civilians who gave their lives, and the more than 1,800 wounded during the conflict.

The message will tell the story of Captain Nichola Goddard MSM, who was lost during a major combat event in Bayanzi (Kandahar Province) May 17, 2006.

To view the service, tune into YouTube “Annesley United Church” any time after 9 a.m. on Nov. 8.

M.T. Fernandes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Dundalk Herald