Burlington’s Remembrance Day ceremonies will be conducted virtually again this year

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Published November 2, 2021 at 4:54 pm

Burlington’s Remembrance Day ceremonies will be conducted virtually once again this year.

The city is asking residents not to go to the Burlington Cenotaph at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, when the ceremony will be held. It will be live-streamed at burlingtonlegion.com.

Only those directly involved in delivering the ceremony will be at the cenotaph.

The 35-minute ceremony will include a colour guard, two minutes of silence, music performed by members of the Burlington Teen Tour Band and a reading of In Flanders Fields.

The 9 a.m. ceremony at the Naval Monument in Spencer Smith Park is open to the public.

“On Nov. 11, I ask all Burlington residents to take a moment to reflect on the sacrifices that have been made by our veterans, those living and those no longer with us,” said Burlington mayor Marianne Meed Ward.

“This year’s event will once again be virtual, at the request of the Royal Canadian Legion and our local veterans. We look forward to the time when we can gather together in person again. Until then, wear your poppy with pride and tune in on Nov. 11. Lest we forget.”

Bob Ankrett, city liaison and museum curator, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 60 Burlington said the poppy has stood as a symbol of peace and remembrance since 1921.

“It is our visual pledge never to forget our fellow Canadians who have fallen in defense of our country’s values and ideals. Gathering at our memorial during these troubled COVID days is very difficult, let us all pause at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11 and remember those who have fallen.”

For more information about the virtual ceremony, visit burlingtonlegion.com.

To view the live streaming, go to burlingtonlegion.com at 10:45 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 11. The ceremony will also be available for viewing afterwards.

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