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How Waterloo region and local legions will mark Remembrance Day 2020

Remembrance Day will be a lot different this year because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Here’s how legions and other organizations in Waterloo region will honour the sacrifice veterans have made and continue to make.

Waterloo Warbirds will do cenotaphs and cemetery flyovers

Waterloo Warbirds we will honour those who have served and continue to serve Canada in the military with flyovers over cenotaphs and cemeteries in Waterloo region and Guelph. (Waterloo Warbirds/Facebook)

Originally called Armistice Day, Remembrance Day is observed on the 11th day of the 11th month. At the 11th hour on Nov. 11 — the date and time the First World War ended — people pause to remember those who have fought for Canada.

With COVID-19 guidelines in effect, the processions and large ceremonies are not possible this year. 

Here's how legions and other organizations in Waterloo region will honour the sacrifice our veterans have made and continue to make:

Waterloo Warbirds flyover

The Waterloo Warbirds will honour veterans and current military members with flyovers over cenotaphs and cemeteries in Waterloo region and Guelph.

  • Honour Flight 1 will consist of T-33, MiG-15, and L-29 jets flying over cenotaphs in the Region of Waterloo and Guelph. It will start at 10:40 a.m. 
  • Honour Flight 2 will be conducted by a Harvard Mk II-b propeller plane with flights over cemeteries in Waterloo, Kitchener, Galt, and Guelph. Honour Flight 2 will take to the air at 10:30 a.m. 
People are encouraged to watch from public locations near the cenotaphs, while respecting all municipal and public health guidelines for social distancing. (Waterloo Warbirds/Facebook)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, people are encouraged to watch from public locations near the cenotaphs, while respecting all municipal and public health guidelines for physical distancing. More information here.

Preston Legion

The Preston Legion will be live-streaming its Remembrance Day ceremony starting at 10:45 on its Facebook page 

Elmira Branch 469  

Elmira Branch 469 members will gather at the cenotaph for a small remembrance ceremony. Members will read the honour roll and dedicate the wreath, which will be placed at the cenotaph in advance of the ceremony.

Waterloo ceremony

There will be a "limited attendance" ceremony at the Waterloo Cenotaph at 10:30 a.m.; however members of the general public are not being encouraged to attend in person. The ceremony will be live-streamed on the City of Waterloo's Facebook page.

St. Marys banners project

The St. Marys Legion asked members of the public to sponsor a banner of a veteran in their family. A total of 55 banners are displayed in the downtown area.

St. Marys Legion has asked members of the public to sponsor a banner of a veteran in their family. The banners are on display in the downtown area. (Submitted by Tom Jenkins)

Laurier University 

Wilfrid Laurier University will hold a virtual ceremony to mark Remembrance Day, noting the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

  • Laurier History Students' Association coverage on Zoom begins at 10:40 a.m., with professor Roger Sarty reading In Flanders Fields in English.
  • All members of the Laurier community are invited to attend. The event is limited to 500 participants and advance registration is required.

Cambridge

  • Visitors can view a tribute image projected onto the Old Post Office between 5 and 10 p.m.
  • Learn more about local veterans with the Poppy Street Map.

Guelph

  • Local builder Terra View Homes will host a street-naming ceremony starting at 2 p.m. dedicating Lovett Lane in Guelph's Hart Village to Guelph Second World War veteran Fred A. Lovett and his family. 

National Remembrance Day ceremony

  • The 2020 National Remembrance Day ceremony will be streamed live from the National War Memorial in Ottawa via the Royal Canadian Legion's Facebook page beginning at 10:45 a.m.
  • CBC Radio One presents live coverage starting at 10:55 a.m. 

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