Williams Lake Remembrance Day ceremony can be viewed online

It will be a quieter Remembrance Day service outside City Hall in Williams Lake on Wednesday, Nov. 11, with the public being encouraged to view it online. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)It will be a quieter Remembrance Day service outside City Hall in Williams Lake on Wednesday, Nov. 11, with the public being encouraged to view it online. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 139 president Joyce Norberg said poppies are available by donation at the legion and in various business locations in Williams Lake. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)Royal Canadian Legion Branch 139 president Joyce Norberg said poppies are available by donation at the legion and in various business locations in Williams Lake. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
The Open Book has a display of war history books in honour of Remembrance Day. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)The Open Book has a display of war history books in honour of Remembrance Day. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
The Recycle Bin Thrift Store has a Remembrance Day display. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo)The Recycle Bin Thrift Store has a Remembrance Day display. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo)

A scaled down Remembrance Day ceremony will take place Wednesday, Nov. 11 in Williams Lake and the public is being asked to view it from home via the Tribune’s Facebook or on Shaw Cable.

**UPDATE-November 9**
We are asking you (due to COVID) to please watch the Cenotaph Ceremony from the comfort of your…

Posted by Legion 139 Williams Lake on Monday, November 2, 2020

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 139 member Vivian MacNeil has organized the ceremony and said only nine wreaths will be presented.

“We will hold the minute of silence at 11 a.m.,” she said.

On Friday, Nov. 6 the legion learned it cannot hold any gatherings inside for Remembrance Day so the plans it had to host a small gathering for veterans was cancelled.

It has since closed the branch.

Dr. Silvina Mema, medical health officer for Interior Health, is urging everyobe to “please stay home, stay safe, and protect our vulnerable seniors, veterans and service personnel.”

“Interior Health honours all veterans, active and retired service personnel and their families in Remembrance Day. However, we ask everyone to commemorate virtually this year,” Mema noted. “As cases of COVID-19 increase throughout the province and region, please do not proceed with social events planned after your Nov. 11 commemorations.”

President Joyce Norberg said poppy sales have continued at various local businesses in Williams Lake.

Read more: Williams Lake Remembrance Day ceremonies to be ‘scaled down’

“We have sent out 200 e-mails asking if people want to donate toward a wreath that we will put at the cenotaph — they won’t be going into the businesses this year.”

Norberg said there will be two younger service men and two RCMP members standing at the four corners of the cenotaph for the hour, but the flyover by the Williams Lake Flying Club will not be happening this year.



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