This Thursday is Remembrance Day, a day set aside in memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
For the second year in a row, the pandemic has brought about changes from what was once “normal”, such as the “Remembrance Day” ceremony at Cataraqui Cemetery in Kingston.
Usually, schoolchildren in the Kingston area place flags at the graves of fallen soldiers and then attend a ceremony, but that won’t happen this year.
“The school day before Remembrance Day – it’s always the school day before, so we don’t interfere with Remembrance Day – we transport about 120 students by bus and they put the flags on the graves military terrain. We reserve that for them, ”said Dave Donovan, Chairman of the Veterans Remembrance Day Committee.
“Then there is a very short ceremony to make them understand what remembrance is. “
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This year, like last year, over 900 headstones now have a miniature Canadian flag thanks to members of the Remembrance Day committee. Donovan says it’s important.
“If we want to teach the students to remember, we cannot forget. “
Despite the recent easing of restrictions, the bottom line is safety. And everyone involved is hopeful that the Remembrance Day ceremony will return to some kind of normal in 2022.
“We certainly hope that we can start the whole ceremony and the laying of flags throughout the cemetery next year. God willing, ”Donovan said.
“May this terrible virus leave us and we can do it – we wanted to do it this year – but it is still with us. Next year, if we are able to do it, we certainly will.
For Donovan and his committee, the message of remembrance must go: “Lest We Forget. “
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