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How COVID-19 is changing the way Remembrance Day looks

Story by: Kayla Kreutzberg

Photo by: Canva

Remembrance Day is right around the corner, but the commemorative day will look somewhat different due to COVID-19.

Randy Graham, president of the Fergus Royal Canadian Legion Branch 275 says there won’t be a parade this year.

“We’re really discouraging any crowds at the cenotaph service because the roads, which are normally blocked for the parade, will not be, so the traffic will be flowing. Any people that do come out, please social distance and wear a mask, but we do discourage the crowds from gathering,” Graham said.

Graham says all the wreaths that are normally carried by sponsors will be pre-laid at the cenotaph, before the shortened service.

When asked how Graham felt about this year’s changes he said, “It’s somewhat depressing, but […] we’ve been living with this (COVID-19) now for about 6 months.”

“We knew that it was going to invoke some changes, but the fact that we can still do it, remember those that sacrificed for us is very, very important, and you know the resiliency of people to pull their boot straps up and have a good campaign,” he said.

Graham says he really thinks that people will feel for the legions this year and what they have been going through, as well as, the veterans, and thinks people’s generosity may surprise them during their poppy campaigning.

He adds to show your support, wear your poppy, and remember that many legions across the country have been impacted by COVID-19.