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Fort Macleod’s Remembrance Day service outdoors

As part of COVID-19 protocols, wreaths will be placed at the cenotaph in advance of the Remembrance Day ceremony.

For the second year in a row, Fort Macleod Legion’s annual Remembrance Day ceremony will be held outdoors.

Legion members and the public will be able to place their poppies on the cenotaph at the end of the Remembrance Day ceremony.

The ceremony is being held outdoors at 10:45 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, rather than inside at the Fort Macleod and District Community Hall, in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“We were told by our (Legion) Command that it had to be an outdoor service,” said Liz Gill, manager of Branch No. 46 of the Royal Canadian Legion in Fort Macleod.

The Legion moved the service outdoors last year to the cenotaph next to the post office, with positive results.

“It turned out very well,” Gill said of the 2020 service.

The service was somber and respectful and attracted a much smaller crowd in frigid temperatures than would normally attend the one at the community hall.

The service will contain the traditional components of a Remembrance Day service, including the singing of O Canada, the prayer of invocation, mayor’s address, scripture and message, reading of In Flanders Field, playing of Last Post and Revielle, two minutes of silence, the

Act of Remembrance and a prayer and benediction.

In keeping with COVID-19 protocols, wreaths will be placed at the cenotaph prior to the service, rather than during the event.

People will be allowed to place their poppies at the cenotaph following the service.

Liz Gill said regardless of the pandemic or other inconveniences, it is important that the community takes time on Nov. 11 to honour the sacrifices of men and women who served in war and peace-keeping.

“To me, it feels more urgent every year,” Gill said, referring to the passing of time since World War One, World War Two and the Korean War.

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