Respects, wreaths are welcome at East Ferris Cenotaph

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East Ferris didn’t host a Remembrance Day ceremony this year. It’s usually held before Nov. 11 so the Callander Legion Br. 445 and its Pipes and Drums can participate.

The COVID-19 pandemic protocols wiped out all the big events by limiting attendance at outdoor and indoor events. All hosts of events face scrutiny from the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit and liability issues.

But that doesn’t mean people can’t drop by on their own accord while minding the regular safety protocols of distancing and masks while in public spaces.

Mayor Pauline Rochefort said East Ferris citizens are always welcome to visit the cenotaph to pay their respects on their own accord.

“East Ferris has cancelled its live Remembrance Day ceremony,” Rochefort said. “It will however be inviting East Ferris citizens to individually visit the cenotaph and to partake in a virtual ceremony.

“Remembrance Day is about showing our respect and gratitude to our armed forces who have sacrificed so much for our freedom,” she said. “East Ferris residents are encouraged to find a moment to honour those who have served and members currently serving our country.” Rochefort also forwarded suggestions on how to pay tribute to veterans and active service members: - wearing a poppy - sharing your thanks on social media by using #RemembranceDay and #CanadaRemembers - observing a moment of silence at 11 a.m. on November 11th, wherever you are - visiting https://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/get-involved/veterans-week where the Government of Canada has developed an online resource to honour our veterans, including history spotlights and videos - joining our Province's online ceremony at the Queen’s Park Ceremony of Remembrance livestream on November 11 at 10:45 a.m. by joining online via the YouTube livestream link below - watching this video and take a moment to honour our armed forces and their courage https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wf1MUCoJ3W0&feature=youtu.be - taking a virtual tour of Canadian memorial sites around the word by visiting https://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/memorials/overseas/first-world-war/france/virtual-tours - reaching out to a veteran or active service member and expressing your gratitude for their service

Dave Dale is a Local Journalism Reporter with BayToday.ca. LJI is funded by the Government of Canada.

Dave Dale, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, BayToday.ca