This Remembrance Day 2021 (Thursday, November 11), the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #88 asks that we #RememberInPlace.
The executive of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #88 recognizes that there are many local residents that mark the contributions of their family and ancestors who have served, or who are currently serving, in military in defense of our nation. Many of our remaining veterans from WWII, the Korean Conflict and the early days of the UN peacekeeping missions are of an age deemed high-risk for COVID-19 exposure. The Legion encourages everyone to remember safely at home and has opted to forgo the usual gathering at the Cenotaph in Memorial Peace Park in favour of an invitation-only event at the Legion headquarters in line with their counterparts across Metro Vancouver.
Laying a Wreath/Personal Memorials
If you do decide to visit the Cenotaph on November 11 for personal memorials and/or to lay a wreath, please practice physical distancing, limit your time if others are waiting and wear a mask when physical distancing is not possible. Wreaths are to be removed by the respective residents and/or groups the following day (November 12) by 12:00 PM.
The national social media hashtag for this year’s event is #RememberInPlace. Read below to learn about the 100th anniversary of the Remembrance Poppy and to learn how to support the Legion and our Veterans.
Did you know that 2021 marks the 100th anniversary of the Remembrance Poppy in Canada?
Story Courtesy of the Royal Canadian Legion:
Madame Anna Guérin, later christened "The Poppy Lady from France", inspired by John McCrae's "In Flanders Fields", had an idea: to adopt the distribution of the Poppy on Armistice Day as a way to raise money for Veterans' needs and to remember those who had given their lives during the First World War.
In July of 1921 the Great War Veterans Association (which in 1925 would unify with other Veteran groups to form the Canadian Legion) adopted the Poppy as the flower of Remembrance.
Since then, the Legion and its members have upheld this tradition of Remembrance.
Visit the Royal Canadian Legion's website for more information or watch their video to learn more about the poppy's history.
The Royal Canadian Legion has a number of initiatives in which we encourage you to get involved. Please read below or visit them online for more information.
- Purchase a Poppy When Available - typically these are sold beginning the last week of October
- Make a Purchase at the Poppy Store
- Participate in Words of Remembrance - submit your memories/photos to the Legion's Gallery of Remembrance
- Become a Legion Member - make a difference in the lives of Veterans and their families