On November 11, 2020, The Royal Canadian Legion McMurray Branch 165 will be having our Remembrance Day Ceremony. Due to the current restrictions, there have been some changes to the usual program as listed below as we will be following current government Covid regulations, meaning social distancing guidelines will be followed and masks must be worn by all attendees.
Poppy Campaign October 31
We are encouraging people to take part in our poppy campaign this year to help support local veterans and Social Profits. Poppy Trays will be in various businesses around the community starting October 31st.
Wreath Laying 9AM to 10:25AM and 11:30AM – 2PM
To follow guidelines regarding social distancing and reduce the ceremony time, we will not be laying wreaths during the ceremony. Community members who would like to lay a wreath can do so before or after the ceremony. Due to restrictions imposed on the Cadet Corps, they are unable to take part in this year’s ceremony, we have arranged for Veterans to stand near the cenotaph and salute as the wreath is placed.
Ceremony 10:30AM – 11:15AM
There will only be one Ceremony that will be held outside at the Legion cenotaph with speeches given by dignitaries and special guests honouring those who have served. We have a limit of 150 people who will be able to join us at the Legion and the entire event will be streamed to MacDonald Island who have graciously allowed us to use two fieldhouses (limit of 100 people in each) for those who would like to attend but stay out of the cold. We are also looking to livesteam it over our Facebook page and will make an announcement regarding this when we have more information. The Ceremony will conclude with a march past made of Veterans, RCMP, Firefighters and other First Responders. We would also like to ask that everyone please dress appropriately for the weather.
After the Ceremony 11:15AM – 1:30PM
Due to the ongoing flood relief renovations of the Legion, we will not be able to accommodate the general community in the clubhouse and banquet hall following the ceremony. We will be opening the banquet hall for Veterans and First Responders and their families. We apologize for disappointing members of the community who would like to come in and show their support and thank you for your patience as we navigate this year.