An air cadet and RCMP officer stand guard over Quesnel’s Cenotaph during the 2019 Remembrance Day ceremonies. The COVID-19 pandemic has cancelled all public memorial ceremonies set for Nov. 11. (File Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

An air cadet and RCMP officer stand guard over Quesnel’s Cenotaph during the 2019 Remembrance Day ceremonies. The COVID-19 pandemic has cancelled all public memorial ceremonies set for Nov. 11. (File Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Quesnel Remembrance Day ceremonies on hold for 2020

There will be no public event, but residents are encouraged to observe two minutes of silence

Editor,

The importance of honouring our veterans and their sacrifices is considered paramount by the Legion, and 2020, the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, is particularly symbolic. However, we must also follow the laws and orders as set out by our government during these days of COVID-19.

At this time, the law is clear — an event such as our Remembrance Day ceremony here in Quesnel cannot proceed without putting our veterans and other vulnerable people at risk. For that reason, there will be no public Remembrance Day Ceremony held at the Quesnel Cenotaph this year. Wreaths will be laid by Legion members on the morning of Nov. 11.

However you choose to spend this Nov. 11, remember that the most sacrosanct and central element to the Remembrance Day ceremony is the two minutes of silence. During this time of reflection, Canadians pause to honour, thank and remember our fallen. If you are able, wherever you are, please join Canadians across the country at 11 a.m. as they observe two minutes of silence to honour our veterans.

Ian Campbell,

Service Officer/Veterans Liaison

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 94

READ MORE: PHOTOS: Quesnel remembers



editor@quesnelobserver.com

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