Original news release from the Royal Canadian Legion Kamloops, Branch 052 sent on October 30, 2020.
Kamloops, BC – As we are all aware, 2020 has been a challenging year, many events were cancelled and gatherings were changed to accommodate the rules surrounding the safe practices to prevent the spread of COVID 19.
Remembrance Day this year will be different. As the organizers of the annual tribute to our Veterans, past and present, Branch 52 of the Royal Canadian Legion in Kamloops, in conjunction with the City of Kamloops and the ANAVETS Unit 290, have made decisions about how the ceremony will be conducted.
This year Remembrance Day will be ‘By Veterans – For Veterans’, and true to the spirit of this motto, the ceremony will honour all Veterans, but in a different way.
Here are some aspects that will NOT be happening:
- There will be no public gathering at Riverside Park
- There will be no parade
- There will be no fly-past by our friends from Cold Lake
- The public will not be invited to attend the ceremony
- Large contingents of Military, Police and First Responders will not be present
- There will be no wreath laying by the general public
Here is a quick look at what WILL take place at our ‘By Veterans – For Veterans’ November 11 event.
The official ceremony will be held at the Battle Street Cenotaph, by invitation only, up to a maximum of 50 people. The area will be controlled access only.
The format of the ceremony will be very similar to past years; a Cenotaph Guard will be posted; the Colour Party will be marched on, and singing of ‘O Canada’, ‘Last Post’, etc will be the same.
Local VIP’s will be invited to lay wreaths, but this list will be restricted to local dignitaries, representatives of the Gov’t of Canada, Province of British Columbia, City of Kamloops, ANAVETS, Royal Canadian Legion, Rocky Mountain Rangers and RCMP. Other than the non-Veteran VIP’s, the ceremony will be restricted to Veterans. We will include our most senior WW2 Veterans as part of the group at the Cenotaph
Following the usual tradition, it is our hope that members of the public will order wreaths through the Royal Canadian Legion (Poppy Office phone 250 374 0623), during the Poppy Campaign; however, those wreaths will be laid at the Cenotaph by Legion members prior to the ceremony at Battle Street. Proceeds of wreath sales and donations to the Poppy Campaign go to programs that directly support Veterans and their families. This year more, than ever, Veterans need your support to continue, despite changes to the format of the ceremony.
The Remembrance Day event will be live streamed, on the Kamloops (Branch 52) Legion Facebook page and at other locations, including CFJC TV. More details as to where to see the ceremony will be announced at a later date.
As with other aspects held on November 11, the after ceremony socializing will be much different as well.
- The Rocky Mountain Rangers armoury will not be open to the public.
- The ANAVETS Unit will be restricted to members only.
- The Legion will be restricted to members and Veterans only.
With regards to the ANAVETS and the Legion, both locations are restricted as to the number of people who can be in the premises at a time. Thus, if anyone would like to visit either location, there may be a wait before entry is permitted.
The Royal Canadian Legion anticipates that the number of Veterans involved in the ceremony will be approximately 20, leaving room for about 30 Veterans to attend. If you would like to be one of the attendees, please advise your desire to attend. Preference will be given to WW2, Korea and Afghanistan Veterans.
To advise your wish to attend, please send your name and phone number to email@example.com. You will be advised prior to November 11 if you have been selected to attend.
As the Keepers of Remembrance, the Royal Canadian Legion regrets having to exclude anyone from being part of the Remembrance Day Ceremony. We certainly hope this format will be a one-time occurrence. Please respect the need for a Veteran’s only ceremony, and in spirit of our motto, this Remembrance Day will be ‘By Veterans – For Veterans’. Please show your respect and honour Veterans by adhering to these guidelines and watch the ceremony as it is live streamed.