Trenton Remembrance Day ceremony to be broadcast, so stay home

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During these profoundly different times, annual full-fledged Remembrance Day ceremonies have been forced to downscale the events that honour those who have bravely served and protected Canada.

The current COVID-19 pandemic has directly affected the execution of Remembrance Day activities for 2020 in Trenton, but the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 110 has been adaptive in developing plans to honour and remember the fallen this year in a COVID-19 friendly manner.

Although the ongoing pandemic has caused complications throughout the year, Trenton Legion members are determined to honour and remember the fallen despite COVID-19.

Adapting to the new normal, the Legion has made alternative arrangements to honour Canadian soldiers with a candlelit vigil on November 10th and a live broadcast ceremony on November 11th.

In keeping with the Government of Ontario’s restrictions surrounding gatherings outside, the Trenton Royal Canadian Legion is asking residents to remain home this year and tune into the ceremony’s live broadcast from the comfort and safety of their own homes.

Candles are available at Trenton Legion Office from Monday to Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. The Legion is asking for a minimum of a $5 donation towards the Poppy Fund per candle.

Residents are invited to place their candle at the Cenotaph on November 10th, or for residents not wishing to visit the cenotaph, Legion members have offered to place the candle on their behalf.

This year, due to the pandemic, there will be no service on the evening of November 10th, as there has been in previous years.

On November 11th, a small service with a reduced Legion Colour Party will be held at 10:45 a.m. at the Trenton Cenotaph. Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, there will be no parade this year, and residents are asked to stay home and enjoy the ceremony via live broadcast on Cogeco Cable channels 4 and 700HD.

Additionally, the Legion will be closed on November 11th, as there will be no Remembrance Day lunch or entertainment scheduled this year due to the pandemic.

Residents interested in participating in Remembrance Day celebrations this year are also encouraged to purchase a wreath to be laid at the Trenton Cenotaph, and Legion members will lay the wreath at the Cenotaph before the ceremony.

Wreaths can be purchased at the Legion office at 19 Quinte Street, Trenton. For more information about purchasing a wreath, residents can call 613-392-0331.

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Virginia Clinton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Intelligencer