Remembrance Day ceremonies to be private

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Despite Remembrance Day ceremonies being private this year, there are still ways to show your respect.

Formal Remembrance Day events held by the Royal Canadian Legion Zone A-3 branches in Chatham-Kent on Nov. 11 will be private, invitation-only events due to COVID-19 pandemic concerns.

“Out of respect for our members and the general public, we are asking residents not to attend the ceremonies at local Cenotaphs,” said Zone A-3 Commander Len Maynard. “We are encouraging residents to stay at home and view the pre-recorded session that takes place at the John D. Bradley Convention Centre.”

The ceremony will be shown by YourTV on Remembrance Day. The local station has also uploaded videos of interviews with Veterans in the communities for anyone to watch.

Residents are welcome to visit Cenotaphs after the 11 a.m. ceremonies while observing social distancing.

Although the pandemic is limiting the size of public gatherings, Maynard said the work of the Legion in helping Veterans, their families and the community through the annual poppy donation campaign continues.

“The support of the business community in placing donation boxes in their stores and offices has been a real boon to us,” said Maynard.

He asked wherever you are at 11 a.m. to please stop and remember the men and women who have made a sacrifice for this country.

Additionally, the Chatham-Kent Legions have also partnered with McKinlay Funeral Home to create a Veteran Tribute Video. The video can be viewed at www.remembrancedayck.com or by logging on to the McKinlay Funeral Homes Ltd. Facebook page.

Bird Bouchard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Ridgetown Independent News