Remembrance Day 2020

Remebrance Day 2020 to be honored in health-conscious ways this November 11th.

Distance, dignity, devotion

Attentive to our nation’s health, we consider how, as a country, we might honor tradition and sacrifice.

The Royal Canadian Legion remarks on Ottawa’s 2020 ceremonies:

“A live ceremony honouring our Veterans and their sacrifices is paramount to the Legion. This is especially true during the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.” (Danny Martin, National Ceremony Director) “…ensuring the symbolism of the Legion and community leaders paying homage to our Veterans is more important than ever.”

Spectators are discouraged from attending in person. Moreover, participants will be required to remain 2m apart. They will need to wear masks unless performing certain duties related to the ceremony.

Changes to this year’s commemoration include:

  • No Veteran’s parade
  • No Canadian Armed Forces parade
  • A reduced colour party
  • Wreaths pre-positioned such that no wreath bearers or assistants will be required
  • No members of the Cadets or Junior Rangers present

Legion Branches across the country have organized similarly scaled-back ceremonies. Please contact your local Legion Branch for updated information as the weeks progress. The Legion’s National Headquarters will also continue to release national updates as more details become available.

The Legion will offer a Facebook Live presentation of the National Remembrance Day ceremony. Additionally, other broadcast plans are under consideration.

Poppies and more

Supporting our veterans takes different forms. The traditional pin-on poppies have begun to surface at local shops. Furthermore, did you know that the Canadian Legion has a Poppy Store? Visit them online to find flags, gifts, jewelry, commemorative items, and more!

In addition, join us as we work alongside veterans charities to bring year-round support to their causes. Visit our charities page to find the organization best matched to your concerns. We’ll handle the rest!

The reason we give

Further to giving and supporting financially, the legion invites attention. “Take a moment now and then to reflect on the freedoms and peace in your life. Remember the men and women who served and sacrificed for all we have today.”

Pause and consider the freedoms and privileges we know as a nation. Offer a moment of quiet on behalf of those who have experienced trouble and uncertainty in the past.

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