The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 372 Russell’s ceremony will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 11. There will be no parade, nor a reception following the ceremony due to the pandemic.
Instead, most of the wreaths will be pre-laid at cenotaphs and the ceremony itself will be live-streamed on the Legion’s Facebook page. The national anthem, last post, rouse, prayers, and lament are expected to be spoken, but speeches are unlikely to be held during the ceremony.
Master of Ceremony Loren Pearson said the measures would ensure the history of remembrance in the township would continue unbroken, despite the pandemic restrictions. “We believe that this plan presents the lowest reasonable risk for transmission or other issues, and yet still capture those who wish to pay respects,” he said.
The national poppy campaign began on October 30, with updated COVID-era protocols. Traditional poppy boxes would continue to accept donations, but Legion branches were discouraged from setting up tables near business entrances.
Those who did not wish to donate in person could visit the Legion’s national website at legion.ca/donations and make a contribution online. Poppy non-medical face masks were also available at poppystore.ca.