Remembrance Day will be different this year in Walkerton

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BROCKTON – Brockton is among the many municipalities where there’ll be no large parade and gathering at the cenotaph to mark the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

However, the occasion will be formally marked, to the fullest extent permitted by COVID-19. Local Legion president Rose Austin said, “There’ll be no parade or crowds on Nov. 11. Wreaths will be placed at the cenotaphs in Walkerton and Mildmay ahead of time and ceremonies at each cenotaph will be broadcast live.”

The lounge at the Legion hall will be open Nov. 11, with the number of people limited to 50.

She noted, “We’re still having the veterans’ dinner on Nov. 7.” Because of COVID-19 restrictions, the number of those present will be limited to 50 people. Tickets ($18) are available at the Legion hall in Walkerton. All COVID-19 protocols will be followed.

The annual poppy campaign will begin Oct. 30, with poppies available at various places throughout the area including grocery stores and the LCBO. Austin said cadets cannot volunteer this year for the campaign, so community volunteers would be welcome – contact the Legion hall. People may also make donations there.

Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times