Remembrance Day 2020 looked different than in past years. The Royal Canadian Legion office asked spectators to watch online ceremonies and to remember in place (from home).
Maple Ridge Legion Branch #88 developed an online, livestream presentation in place of our in-person parade and gathering in Memorial Peace Park. The broadcasted commemoration from Maple Ridge was much smaller, with invited guests only. This helped to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and align with the Provincial Health Authority’s guidelines at the time to limit large public gatherings. Let us honour our veterans through a virtual celebration.
Changes to 2020's commemoration included:
No public event or veteran's parade - please do not gather at Memorial Peace Park
Spectators were asked to “Remember in Place” by staying home and watching the livestream
Maple Ridge Legion Branch #88's livestreamed the ceremony starting at 10:45 AM
Residents helped show their support to veterans by posting a poppy in your front window of their residence or posted a photo to their social media channels using #RememberInPlace and/or #PoppyInTheWindow
Please re-visit us in October for updated details on Remembrance Day 2021
A Statement from Mayor Mike Morden
"For those of us whose family has served in the military, the annual Remembrance Day events hold a deep personal meaning. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we mark important events in our lives and on November 11, we will come together virtually to honour those who serve, and those who gave their lives to preserve the democracy we enjoy today. Many thanks to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 88 for all they do each and every day in the service of veterans, particularly on Remembrance Day. This year, unfortunately, cannot be the same. With that in mind, on what has always been a very sober day, I am truly honoured to bring with me the spirit of thousands of our fellow citizens who normally gather around the Cenotaph to pay tribute to our heroes." (November 2020)