2020 brings new method of remembrance

Canadian Forces members and a member of the 851 Air Cadet squadron salute after laying wreaths at the Wellington Remembrance Day ceremony. (Desirée Decoste/Gazette Staff)

JASON PARKS

STAFF WRITER

While the COVID-19 Pandemic has put a wrinkle into the poignant pause out community takes on November 11 to commemorate those who have served and died in the name of freedom, The County is encouraging residents to make plans for observing Remembrance Day next Wednesday.

Due to limitations on public gatherings and COVID-19 protocols, longstanding public ceremonies in Picton, Wellington, and Consecon will not take place in 2020 however County of Prince Edward Mayor Steve Ferguson is asking local residents to remember and honour those that have and continue to serve in their own way.

  “It is important that we keep the sacrifices of Canadian veterans in our thoughts on November 11, even though we cannot gather for services at our local cenotaphs,” Mayor Steve Ferguson says. “Please buy a poppy and consider visiting a cenotaph with your household throughout the day or attending a virtual ceremony to pay your respects and honour the brave men and women.”

Memorial Wreaths will be placed in advance at the cenotaphs in Picton, Wellington and Consecon.

While public ceremonies will not occur this year, the public can visit a cenotaph to pay their respects. If you do choose to visit, please be mindful of the number of people gathered and be sure to stay two metres (Six feet) away from people outside your household.

Poppy boxes will be placed at local businesses in the County from October 30 to November 11. 

Poppies will also be available at both Shire Hall (280 Picton Main Street) and the Edward Building (332 Picton Main Street).

The Royal Canadian Legion will offer a Facebook Live presentation of the National Remembrance Day ceremony. Several national television and radio broadcasters will also provide live coverage of the ceremonies. 

Please check your local listings.

The Remembrance Day Ceremonies have played a major role in the act of Remembrance since 1931.

Annually, at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, Canadians gather in memorial parks, community halls, workplaces, schools and homes to stand in honour of all who have fallen. 

Together, they observe a moment of silence to mark the sacrifice of the many who have fallen in the service of their country, and to acknowledge the courage of those who still serve.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
We will remember them.