Kelowna’s remembrance day ceremony will be going virtual this November 11. The Kelowna branch of the Royal Canadian Legion is hosting a limited guest, in person ceremony in City Park on November 11 at 11 am, this will mark Kelowna’s 100th consecutive service since their first ceremony in 1920.
Unfortunately, we won’t be able to have the ceremony the legion imaged due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Instead of 5,000 people that usually attend the ceremony, City Park will instead host 50 guests including veterans, legion members and military members for a short socially distanced service. It was very important to the members of the Legion to have a ceremony of some sort this year, no matter what it had to look like.
Remembrance day is an extremely emotional and important day for many of our veterans. Especially this year, when seniors who are self-isolating can feel so disconnected from their friends, family and community members. As Mayor Colin Basran said;
“In light of what’s taking place, we need to find a way to get out to get our poppies and to support our veterans. That is absolutely important, maybe now more so than ever. So please, do what you can, wear your masks, but get out there and get your poppy’s and make your contribution, because these men and women of our country deserve our support.”
The public will be allowed to lay wreaths before 10:30 AM, and anyone in the park after that will be asked to leave by the RCMP. If you wish to watch the ceremony, it will be live streamed through Shaw starting at 11:00 AM.