There is no question that living through a pandemic has changed a lot of things; one of the most profound changes might be with how we connect to one another.
Remembrance Day is one of those days where we innately come together.
Last year, in many, if not most, of our communities, the pandemic meant we could not gather at cenotaphs, Legions or community halls. Parks and streets normally lined with parade-watchers were silent.
But we still remembered. And reflected. Because even a pandemic was not able to stop us from taking the time, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, to honour those who have served, and continue to serve our country.
This year, while scaling back, most communities are once again hosting public Remembrance Day ceremonies. We have posted that information on our website. And the National Remembrance Day Ceremony at the National war Memorial in Ottawa will be broadcast live on TV and the Royal Canadian Legion’s Facebook page.
And whether you choose to observe publicly or in private, I encourage you to take some time to learn more about this day, and to find a way to honour those who serve.
This year marks the 100th year of Canada’s adoption of the poppy as the flower of Remembrance. The Royal Canadian Legion is asking Canadians to share their photos and words for the Gallery of Remembrance in honour of the veterans in our lives. You can share your photos and stories here: https://legion.ca/remembrance/the-poppy/words-of-remembrance
And while November is recognized as a time of Remembrance, we can show appreciation for those who have served in a number of ways, at any time.
In your community, consider becoming a Legion member (the Royal Canadian Legion supports veterans year-round), donate to the Poppy Trust Fund at any Legion branch, take a moment to thank the Veterans in your life, wear a poppy, visit a cenotaph, or volunteer.
Lest we forget.
Chair, Squamish-Lillooet Regional District