From left to right: Don Smith 1st Vice President, Mayor Aaron Stone, Legion President Darlene Paulson, And Sgt at Arms Greg Paulson. (Submitted photo)

From left to right: Don Smith 1st Vice President, Mayor Aaron Stone, Legion President Darlene Paulson, And Sgt at Arms Greg Paulson. (Submitted photo)

Legion announces changes to Poppy Campaign and Remembrance Day service

There will be no public Remembrance Day service this year

The Ladysmith Legion Branch 171 has announced changes to both the annual Poppy Campaign, and Remembrance Day ceremonies.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Poppy boxes will not be placed in local businesses. Instead, the Legion will set up locations around town. Poppy donations may also be made at the Legion Branch 171 or by e-transfers at rcl171@shaw.ca.

The biggest change is that there will be no public Remembrance service this year.

Branch 171 will be holding a private, invitation only, ceremony inside Ladysmith Branch 171 and all safety measures will be in place. The ceremony will follow a smaller format than previous Remembrance Ceremonies and will be broadcast on Facebook.

Legion Executive will lay wreaths at the Cenotaph prior to the service. Those wishing to lay a wreath personally may do so after 11 a.m. on November 11. Acknowledgment of placed wreaths will be on our website and facebook page. Wreaths may be picked up at the Branch 171 prior to November 11.

Mayor Aaron Stone was presented with the ceremonial first Poppy this year, and encouraged people to donate to the Legion’s Poppy campaign.

“Legions, just like everybody, have had a really difficult year. I would ask if you have a few dollars to spare, get your poppy and make that donation to the Legion this year. This year may be the biggest need they’ve had in a long time,” he said.

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