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Remembrance Day to be marked in Macleod, Granum

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Remembrance Day ceremonies in Fort Macleod and Granum will go ahead on Wednesday, Nov. 11.

Both ceremonies will be adjusted to incorporate precautions against the spread of COVID-19, including moving outdoors.

Branch 46 of the Royal Canadian Legion in Fort Macleod is shifting its ceremony to outdoors at the cenotaph on Second Avenue.

COVID-19 restrictions on the size of gatherings prevent the Legion from holding the ceremony inside the Fort Macleod and District Community Hall, the traditional location.

Although the 10:30 a.m. ceremony will include the traditional events, there will be no laying of wreaths by members of the public.

In the interests of COVID-19 safety, all wreaths will be placed at the base of the cenotaph in advance.

The public is invited to attend, with social distancing in effect.

Lunch will be served at the Legion following the ceremony, with veterans and guests served first due to a limit of 50 people allowed in the building.

Any members of the public who want lunch must pre-register at the Legion.

At Granum, the ceremony also moves outdoors to the Granum Museum and Veterans Memorial, from inside the school.

Most of the wreaths at Granum will be placed in advance of the ceremony.

There will be a colour guard and a piper, but the Army Cadets cannot take part due to the pandemic.

Masks will be required and social distancing will be in effect.

Coffee will not be served after the service this year.

The Granum service gets under way at 11 a.m.

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