COVID-19 forces Leduc's Branch 108 of the Royal Canadian Legion to hold Remembrance Day ceremonies online instead of on-site.
It was a difficult choice for the legion, and one forced by the current climate. Branch 108 of the Royal Canadian Legion won't be having its usual ceremony to mark Remembrance Day in a place where the public can pay respect to Leduc-area veterans this year.
"We just don't want to be a possible transmission site for the coronavirus," said branch president Lynda Cuppens.
Ceremonies this year will be broadcast on the legion Facebook page, and on the city of Leduc website. "We invite everyone to watch that on their iPads or their iPhones or their smart devices, wherever they are. So that they take two minutes to reflect and to respect the fallen" she added.
Meantime, legion officials admit fundraising through the annual poppy campaign hasn't been as good this year, with only about half the number of collection boxes going out into Alberta communities. The number of dollars raised in Leduc has been on the decline for a couple of years now. "Last year our donations were $56,000," said Cuppens. "The year before they totalled just over $59,000."
In addition to watching Remembrance Day ceremonies on your smart device, you can also listen to a special broadcast to honour veterans on The One, 93.1 FM, beginning at 11 am Wednesday.