Remembrance Day is an important day. My grandfather served in the trenches of World War 1; my mother recalled the lists of names of boys she knew from school lost in the battles of World War 2.
As I face the cenotaph, I remember the names of Canadian Armed Forces members with whom I served, now listed on the pages of The Book of Remembrance.
This year Remembrance Day will be different for all of us. The service at Richmond City Hall is a closed service, the public will not have access but the service will be streamed. We are asking that you remember in place, from your home.
The city’s website has the details that will allow you to watch the service from anywhere with internet access. In the interest of the safety of our members and the public, the canteen at the Richmond Legion, Branch 291, will be closed on Remembrance Day. As your situation allows, I would ask you to join me in a toast to the fallen from your home.
Poppies will be sold at numerous retailers around Richmond and please be generous: the money collected is used to support the needs of veterans.
I would like to take this opportunity to tell you that the Richmond Legion is in the process of undergoing some changes but it is strong and will be here in Richmond for years to come helping veterans and supporting Richmond.
The members of the Canadian Armed Forces stepped forward without hesitation now, let’s do our part and remember.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.
Scott Stewart, CD