We Remember: a Remembrance Day like none in the past for Stittsville Legion

Photo by Barry Gray

(Remembrance Day wreaths at the Stittsville Cenotaph. Photo: Barry Gray)

Remembrance Day is a deeply emotional time for some and thought provoking for others. On Remembrance Day when we honour our military and veterans (past and present) – the men and women who fought in wars so our country can enjoy our democracy and freedom – take a few moments out of your day to take in all that you have. When you pause on the 11th month, the 11th day at the 11th hour, appreciate that Canadians are so fortunate for our place in life – only because of the strength of so many who fought in battle for our basic beliefs, justice and right to freedom. 2020 is extraordinary for veterans as this year marks the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

During these times of COVID, the Stittsville Legion, Branch 618, wants to ensure the safety of Stittsville residents. For this reason, there will not be a Remembrance Day service for the public at the Stittsville Cenotaph on November 11th. Legion executive will lay wreaths in remembrance of our veterans, for all levels of government and others in a private ceremony. The traditional Main Street parade and Legion hall dinner have also been cancelled this year. The Legion will be open, outside only, with strict social distancing in place.

Stittsville Legion's Silver Cross Mother prepares to lay a wreath. Photo by Barry Gray
(Stittsville Legion’s Silver Cross Mother Clair Leger and husband Richard prepare to lay a wreath. Their son Sergeant Marc Leger died in Afghanistan in 2002.)

Stittsville Legion members shared, “as this Ceremony signifies so much we ask that you take the time for a moment of silence at the 11th hour on the 11th day of The 11th month to remember the fallen and keep those serving in your thoughts“.

(Poppies at Revera Retirement Home on Stittsville Main Street. Photo: Howard D. Whiting)

“The importance of a live ceremony honouring our Veterans and their sacrifices is considered paramount by the Legion, especially during the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War,” says Danny Martin, National Ceremony Director. “At a time when we have all been isolated for months by the pandemic, ensuring the symbolism of the Legion and community leaders paying homage to our Veterans is more important than ever.” This year, Canadians are invited to watch the National Remembrance Day Ceremony in Ottawa on national television or via the Legion’s Facebook Live presentation.

Should you wish to make a donation to help the Stittsville Legion continue to serve veterans you can do so by looking for the Poppy Campaign boxes located throughout Stittsville businesses. You may also donate directly via email: Poppyfund618@rogers.com.

The Colour Party leads veterans and other participants down Stittsville Main Street. Photo by Barry Gray
(The Colour Party leads veterans and other participants down Stittsville Main Street.)

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