No parade in Cobourg — small gathering at the Cenotaph — changes in Grafton & Bewdley
Article & images by Valerie MacDonald
Just as other events have been modified by the ongoing pandemic, so too is the way the poppy campaign in Cobourg, Grafton and Bewdley is being run this year.
Remembrance Day will also look different than in past years.
“There will be no parade,” says Jennifer Robison, first Vice President of the Royal Canadian Legion branch in Cobourg.
There will be, however, a Nov. 11 service at Victoria Park by invitation only. Plans are underway to have some public “viewing areas” and these will be announced in the near future, she added.
The campaign with poppy boxes begins in town stores Oct. 30 and some “very limited” poppy tagging will take place in Cobourg on Nov. 5, 6 and 7, she said.
Everything has been modified due to Covid-19, Robison explained.
If you wish to purchase any poppies, bracelets, masks or car poppies, you are asked to contact her directly at 905 375-5451.
While online support can be made for the poppy campaign, these funds don’t support local operations and go directly to Dominion Canada head office, Robison noted.
“There will only be a small gathering…of no more than 25 at the Cenotaph in downtown Grafton, said its Legion Branch #580 spokesperson, John Grozelle, about the Nov. 11 Remembrance Day service.
“We are not expecting a crowd,” he added, noting it will likely be by invitation only.
Wreath holders will be contacted about how they can lay their wreaths after the ceremony, he said.
“We are following Dominion Canada guidelines,” Grozelle explained.
“We hope to stream the service,” he added.
Only poppy boxes will be employed this year in the Grafton/Baltimore area but these locations have yet to be confirmed.
“We won’t be doing the tagging with volunteers,” he stressed.
The Bewdley branch is doing pretty much the same thing with a small service at 11 a.m. on Remembrance Day including laying about three wreaths, followed by families of people serving their country who died during the wars laying wreaths after the main service is concluded, said local Legion public relations officer Paul Christensen.
This is to meet pandemic health and safety guidelines.
Poppy sales will be through boxes set up in Bewdley stores, restaurants and the LCBO, he also said.